Channel 5 Responds To Death Of Larry Hagman, Will Air Tribute Special

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Following on from last night’s sad news of the death of Dallas star Larry Hagman, Channel 5 and company owner Richard Desmond have issued statements alongside those previously issued by Warner Bros. and TNT. Hagman’s death comes after he had filmed six episodes of the second season of Dallas (which will be aired by Channel 5 in 2013), with the producers of the series currently re-working the scripts of the remaining episodes to reflect the death of Hagman. In addition, Channel 5 has announced that they will air an exclusive 30 minute tribute in honor or Larry’s life tomorrow night at 9pm. The special is titled A Tribute to Larry Hagman: At home with JR. Statements from Channel 5, Richard Desmond, TNT, Warner Bros., executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin, and the show’s cast and crew follow below.

Statement from Channel 5:

“We were very saddened to hear today’s news about Larry Hagman and we send our condolences to his family and friends.”

Statement from Richard Desmond, Chairman of Northern & Shell:

“I am very sad to hear the news that Larry Hagman has died. He was the ultimate professional and a very good guy who I had the privilege of meeting a number of times, most recently when he, Linda and Patrick came to London to help launch Dallas on Channel 5. He was very funny and made us all laugh. This is a very sad day for his family, friends and fans.”

Statement from TNT:

“All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

Statement from Warner Bros., Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin, and the show’s cast and crew:

“Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history. He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the “Dallas” family is deeply saddened by Larry’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time.”