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Tori Spelling Calls Out Academy for Leaving Luke Perry Out of Memorial Segment

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By Ivy Pope

After the Oscars failed to include Luke Perry in their 'In Memoriam' segment, Tori Spelling blasted The Academy.

“Now two of the most creative and talented men I have ever known, loved, and lost have not been mentioned in the #oscars memoriam,” Tori Spelling tweeted on February 10, just one day after the Oscar's took place, and left Luke Perry out of the montage honoring the stars (and behind-the-scenes workers) that passed away the prior year. As for the other one of the "most creative and talented men" that Tori was talking about? Her father, Aaron Spelling.

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“Now two of the most creative and talented men I have ever known, loved, and lost have not been mentioned in the #oscars memoriam,” Tori Spelling, 46, tweeted on February 10, a day after the 92nd Academy Awards made a major faux pas by leaving the late Luke Perry out of the montage honoring the stars (and behind-the-scenes workers) that passed away the prior year. As for the other one of those “most creative and talented men” that Tori was talking about? Her father, producer Aaron Spelling.

“First, my Dad Aaron Spelling who passed in 2006 and now my friend Luke Perry who passed in 2019.” Tori’s father died on June 23, 2006, five days after suffering a stroke. Similarly, Luke died on March 4, 2019, from complications from a stroke he suffered just five days before his death. The similarities are haunting, and the fact that both were omitted from the “In Memoriam” segment must have upset Tori even more.

Deab McDermott also went on social media to blast the Academy of Motion Picturse Arts and Sciences, for who they left out this year. "Also missing from the in Memoriam is Sid Haig, Tim Conway, Michael J Pollard, Jan Michael Vincent, and Cameron Boyce."

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“First, my Dad Aaron Spelling who passed in 2006 and now my friend Luke Perry who passed in 2019.” Tori’s father died on June 23, 2006, five days after suffering a stroke. Similarly, Luke died on March 4, 2019, from complications from a stroke he suffered just five days before his death. The similarities are haunting, and the fact that both were omitted from the “In Memoriam” segment must have upset Tori even more.

Dean McDermott also went on social media to blast the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, for who they left out this year. "Also missing from the in Memoriam is Sid Haig, Tim Conway, Michael J Pollard, Jan Michael Vincent, and Cameron Boyce."

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Some people argued that, at the time, Aaron Spelling was not included in the Oscars' memorial segment because he was associated more with television than films. Aaron produced Beverly Hills 90210, which saw Tori play Donna Silver alongside Luke Perry as Dylan McKay. He also worked on Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Dynatsy, 7th Heaven, and Charmed, just to name a few.

And in that same vein of discussion, Luke Perry mostly worked on the small screen, but he did have a recent role in Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood which was up for ten awards at the Oscars.

Extreme backlash over Perry's omission led the Academy to attempt to explain itself: “The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” the organization said in a statement.

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“An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time. All of the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year.” Despite the “limited available time,” the Oscars managed to include Kobe Bryant (who won an Oscar in 2018 for Dear Basketball) and Kirk Douglas, who died four days before the Oscars telecast.

Knowing that they're defending themselves with a "limited time excuse" but were able to include people who died right before the Oscars would break my heart too, Tori.

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