“For those wondering: The Emmys chose to leave Nick Cordero out of the memorial montage," the 45-year-old tweeted Monday morning. "I had no idea one had to campaign to get their loved one in. We did. They passed.”
He also tweeted out the official statement from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences that explained their reasoning for leaving the Broadway star out of the tribute.
“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,” the statement 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.”
In July, the Tony Award-nominated actor, who appeared on Broadway in Rock Of Ages, A Bronx Tale, Waitress and Bullets Over Broadway, among others, died after battling COVID-19 at age 41.
The Garden State star also took aim at the awards show for skipping over his late Scrubs costar.
“I should mention too, that they also left out Sam Lloyd,” he continued on Twitter. “I would have never even considered ‘campaigning’ for Sam because he had more TV credits than most actors I know.”
The actor, who is Christopher Lloyd’s nephew and played Ted on the hit hospital comedy series, lost his life earlier this year from a brain tumor at 56-years-old.
The Emmy's In Memoriam segment reflected on the lives lost within the television industry. The tribute started by remembering the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and ended with honoring Chadwick Boseman — two lives lost in the last month. The segment featured an emotional performance by Grammy-winning recording artist H.E.R., who gave a powerful rendition of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' by Prince. As the song played, the images and names of those who had recently passed flashed on the screen.
Other Hollywood icons included in the tribute were Diana Rigg, Regis Philbin, comedy icons Carl Reiner, Fred Willard and Jerry Stiller, Glee star Naya Rivera, Wilford Brimley, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Honor Blackman, Max von Sydow and Kirk Douglas.