NBC Declined to Air Suicide PSA After Robin Williams Emmy Tribute

During Monday’s Emmys, Billy Crystal delivered a moving tribute to Robin Williams. It was a celebration of Williams’ life that didn’t dwell on the circumstances of his death. And it turns out NBC wanted to keep it that way, because they declined to feature a PSA about suicide after the tribute.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the National Suicide Prevention Network reached out to NBC and asked that they share its lifeline number after Crystal’s tribute. But NBC didn’t think it would be appropriate and fitting with its tribute.

A spokesperson for NBC acknowledged they had been approached, and said they made a decision not to mention suicide in any form after the Williams tribute.

“Collectively we decided to celebrate the life of Robin Williams, not his death or, more to the point, the way he died. The Emmys telecast is a celebration, and the ‘In Memoriam’ section of our show is an important one. We believe we honored Robin in the right away. Suicide is a serious issue, but we decided not to dwell on that — or its prevention — in this particular forum.”

You can watch the Emmy tribute here, via NBC:

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