The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized to the friends, family and fans of Farrah Fawcett for consciously omitting the actress from Sunday night's Oscar "In Memoriam" tribute.
"There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all," said Bruce Davis, who was responsible for the segment (and has been since the tradition began in 1993). "They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."
Davis, who also says he stands by his decision to omit Fawcett, had considered including her, but ultimately felt her "remarkable television work" would be more appropriately honored at the TV Academy's Emmys, People magazine reports.
Davis also defended the tribute's inclusion of Michael Jackson, who was better known for his musical accomplishment than for his screen work, because the late pop star - who died the same day as Fawcett - was the subject of a successful feature documentary last year.