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Thursday, July 15, 2004
Ritter Earns Emmy Nomination

It was a bittersweet moment as legendary actor John Ritter, whose sudden death last fall stunned the nation, was nominated for Best Comedy Actor. If life were fair, Ritter would spend today celebrating -- not only for himself, but also for his son, Jason, whose show, "Joan of Arcadia" received two major nominations.

Wednesday night, Jason won the VSDA Rising Star Award, and in a rare, emotional interview, he told us that he knows his dad is watching over him. "I feel like he's seeing me all the time," Jason admitted. "So I don't feel like I have to call him and say, 'Did you see that?' I feel like he's seeing it all."

Ritter's widow, Amy Yasbeck, also believes her beloved husband is looking over his family, which also includes his TV family. "John absolutely adored his time there and treasured each one of them," Yasbeck said of Ritter's "8 Simple Rules" co-stars.

In 1984, Ritter won his first Emmy playing Jack Tripper on "Three's Company." Now, 20 years later, his friends and family take comfort in their faith that somewhere, somehow, Ritter is now smiling down on them.

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