The TV Academy is apologizing 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 on Sunday used a photo of 75-year-old conductor Leonard Slatkin.
The academy, FOX and Emmy producers said in a statement issued Monday that it was an “error.”
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.
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
— Leonard Slatkin (@LeonardSlatkin) September 23, 2019
Slatkin posted a picture on Twitter of Previn saying he ”deserved better .”
The academy says all mentions on its website will feature accurate imagery of Previn.