Emmys' Omission of Kelly Preston, Kobe Bryant and Nick Cordero From In Memoriam Left Fans Reeling

The special segment at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards has also left out 'Mythbusters' star Grant Imahara, 'Monty Python' co-creator Terry Jones and horror icon Sid Haig among others.

AceShowbiz - Fans took to Twitter to blast the omission of Kelly Preston, Kobe Bryant and Nick Cordero from the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards' In Memoriam segment on Sunday, September 20.

As usual, the Emmy Awards honored icons that the television world has lost over the past year, such as Chadwick Boseman and Naya Rivera, in their touching highlight reel. However, some fans were left disappointed that a few big names were noticeably absent, particularly Preston, Bryant and Cordero.

Athlete Bryant - who tragically died in a helicopter crash on 26 January alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others - was a mainstay on television during his years-long career. And with the virtual ceremony taking place at The Los Angeles Staples Center, the home of his famous team the Los Angeles Lakers, also popularly known as "the house that Kobe built" - his exclusion ruffled feathers.

"Surprised that they left #KobeBryant out of the In Memoriam segment. Granted, he wasn't really part of the television industry, but as an NBA star, he still had a strong presence on television. #Emmys," tweeted one fan.

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Kobe Bryant's fan expressed disappointment over his omission from Emmy Awards' In Memoriam segment.

"What! No #KobeBryant #inmemoriam? He was on TV all the time! #Emmys #Emmy," another added.

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Another of Kobe Bryant's fan complained about his Emmys' snub.

Meanwhile, Broadway star Cordero's tragic death from COVID-19 complications in July came after a very public months-long battle.

As well as his roles onstage he'd also had several prominent roles in numerous TV shows, including recurring roles on "Blue Bloods" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", which many fans pointed out.

Meanwhile, Preston's exclusion was met with surprise. The actress - who also died in July after a private battle with cancer - was best known for her film roles, as well as her romance with "Pulp Fiction" star John Travolta.

However, many fans were left stunned the star who had many roles on the small screen didn't get a mention in the lengthy segment, with one fan tweeting, "Did you folks just snub Kelly Preston?"

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A fan slammed the Emmys for leaving Kelly Preston out of its In Memoriam segment

Other celebrities left out included "Mythbusters" star Grant Imahara, Monty Python co-creator Terry Jones and horror icon Sid Haig, as was two-time Oscar winner and Emmy nominee Olivia de Havilland.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Emmy bosses acknowledged that not every celebrity who has died this year would be featured in their tribute, citing time constraints. An extensive In Memoriam tribute is listed on their website, with Cordero and Preston both included but Bryant still notably absent.

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