This looks like a case of awful timing more than awful taste (and yes, we’re aware it’s a Lost parody); nevertheless, it’s going to be a night to remember for NBC, the Emmys and Conan O’Brien.
On the other hand, if the Comair crash had happened on the Left Coast, would NBC have gone through with the skit?
Update: Lexington’s NBC affiliate reacts:
WLEX’s president and general manager, Tim Gilbert, who was home watching the telecast with his family, was “stunned” by the intro; if station managers had known about the intro before the broadcast, Lexington viewers wouldn’t have seen it, he said.
“It was a live telecast — we were completely helpless,” Gilbert said of the Emmys. “By the time we began to react, it was over. At the station, we were as horrified as they were at home.”
Gilbert said he’ll complain to NBC, but he said an apology won’t make up for insensitivity.
Update: Mary Katharine Ham nails it.
The Kentucky plane crash happened at 6 a.m. There was plenty of time to alter the intro of the Emmys to something more respectful. It wouldn’t have been polished and post-produced, but it would have been polite.
NBC has armies of writers and producers on a show the scope of the Emmy Awards. They could have come up with something to replace the Lost sketch, and if it was really lame a simple explanation that they had replaced a plane crash sketch out of respect for those lost in the Comair crash would have been right and classy.
Update: Associated Press via Breitbart.com–“Emmy Plane Crash Skit Called Insensitive.”
Update: Ace of Spades uses Google Maps to speculate which runway the Comair plane might have taken off from.