The In Memoriam montage at Sunday’s Emmys hit many of the big names we’ve lost in 2019 and so far in 2020, including Chadwick Boseman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Regis Philbin, Adam Schlesinger, Lynn Shelton, and Fred Willard. But Scrubs star Zach Braff is upset about two names it left out: Nick Cordero and Sam Lloyd.
“For those wondering: The Emmys chose to leave Nick Cordero out of the memorial montage. I had no idea one had to campaign to get their loved one in. We did. They passed,” he tweeted. Cordero, a Tony-nominated actor who appeared in episodes of Queer as Folk and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, died in July after testing positive for COVID-19. Following Braff’s tweet, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released a statement about Cordero’s exclusion. “Those involved in the In Memoriam selection process are very aware of the sad passing of Mr. Cordero due to coronavirus and we assure that his name has been given every consideration for inclusion,” it read. “With so many people passing in any given year, we simply cannot ensure any particular individual is included, nor do we release the names included prior to the telecast.”
Braff was also upset about Lloyd, best known for playing fan-favorite character Ted on Scrubs, not making the In Memoriam cut (he died from brain tumor at the age of 56 in April). “I should mention too, that they also left out Sam Lloyd. I would have never even considered ‘campaigning’ for Sam because he had more TV credits than most actors I know,” he wrote. Lloyd was also on Cougar Town, Seinfeld, and Malcolm in the Middle.
Even though the Emmys left him out, Scrubs fans will always remember Ted.
For those wondering: The Emmys chose to leave Nick Cordero out of the memorial montage. I had no idea one had to campaign to get their loved one in. We did. They passed.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 21, 2020