TV Academy apologises for Emmy gaffe over late conductor Andre Previn
During the memoriam segment, a photograph of living conductor Leonard Slatkin was shown instead of an image of Previn.
The TV Academy has apologised for using a photo of a living composer instead of the image of the late Andre Previn during an Emmy’s memoriam segment.
The segment used a photo of 75-year-old conductor Leonard Slatkin.
The academy, Fox and Emmy producers said in a statement that it was an “error”.
— Leonard Slatkin (@LeonardSlatkin) September 23, 2019
I saw that @theemmys posted a photo of me "In Memoriam" rather than the intended Andre Previn. Andre deserved better. I had the opportunity to introduce him when he received the @KCHonors. Perhaps he was paying me back for a couple stories I told about him. Andre, R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/MDVX6H0igb
Previn died at 89 in February.
He was a composer, pianist and conductor whose work ventured into Hollywood, jazz and classical music.
Previn won four Oscars for his orchestrations of such stylish musicals as 1964’s My Fair Lady.
— Leonard Slatkin (@LeonardSlatkin) September 24, 2019
Tune in to @JimmyKimmelLive at 11:35 Eastern tonight for proof that I am still indeed alive despite last night's "In Memoriam" segment on @TheEmmys. I'll talk to @jimmykimmel right after the monologue! pic.twitter.com/PnxScC13lV
Slatkin posted a picture on Twitter of Previn saying he “deserved better”.
More light-heartedly, Slatkin announced his forthcoming TV appearance with Jimmy Kimmel which would prove he was still alive.
The academy said all mentions on its website will feature accurate imagery of Previn.