The “In Memoriam” segment of the Emmy Awards is a tearjerker, as we are reminded of beloved entertainers that have recently passed on.
But this year whoever made the video decided to take a cheap shot at actor and Republican senator Fred Thompson, who passed away in 2015.
Thompson represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate from 1994 to 2003, and he also ran for president in 2008.
After his nearly 10-year Senate career was over, Thompson became a popular character on the show “Law and Order,” among other TV shows and movies.
During this year’s Emmy “In Memoriam”segment, Thompson was featured saying the following lean:
“I’m a politician. I’m allowed to have an opinion.”
The next clip in the video showed actor Abe Vigoda, saying:
“Glad I didn’t vote for him.”
See the whole thing around the 1:14 mark in the video below:
— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2016
Many on Twitter were quick to point out the disrespectful moment:
In Memoriam montage threw major shade at Fred Thompson #Emmys
— Steve King (@steveking_) September 19, 2016
What a disgraceful cheap shot against Fred Thompson. And disrespectful to Abe Vigoda #Emmys c
— Joan Tintor (@TintorDetto) September 19, 2016
Anyone notice Abe Vigoda's subtle "glad I didn't vote for him" remark after the shot of Fred Thompson in the "In Memorium" section? #Emmys
— Andrew Karter (@the_real_aplusk) September 19, 2016
Thompson passed away from lymphoma on November 1st, 2015.
His family posted the following statement about the man, who had a deep love for Tennessee:
“Fred once said that the experiences he had growing up in small-town Tennessee formed the prism through which he viewed the world and shaped the way he dealt with life. Fred stood on principle and common sense, and had a deep love for and connection with the people across Tennessee whom he had the privilege to serve in the United States Senate.
He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility. Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home.”
At this time, ABC has yet to release an official statement.