A prime-time special, “The Year in Memoriam 2018,” will pay tribute to stars and icons who were lost this year and the legacies they left behind. The one-hour program, to be hosted by Robin Roberts and executive produced by Roberts and Jimmy Kimmel, will air on ABC on Monday, Dec. 17.
This will be the second consecutive year that Roberts and Kimmel join forces on the program.
ABC’s announcement includes the names of some of the legendary stars who have been lost along with their loved ones who will be a part of the program.
ABC said the show “celebrates the lives of beloved stars through stories shared by those closest to them, including Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Kelly Clarkson and Smokey Robinson, honoring Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin; John Schneider, Marilu Henner, Lee Corso and an exclusive interview with Loni Anderson, remembering her ex-husband and award-winning actor Burt Reynolds; Condoleezza Rice, Dwight Howard, Reba McEntire and an exclusive interview with Barbara Pierce Bush, honoring her grandmother and former first lady Barbara Bush; Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Joe Lieberman, Larry Fitzgerald and Cindy McCain, paying tribute to American war hero Sen. John McCain; Hank Azaria and Benedict Cumberbatch celebrating physicist and pop-culture icon Stephen Hawking.”
Said Roberts: “What I appreciate about the special is you not only celebrate the lives and legacies of these iconic figures, but you learn even more about them through their friends and family. It’s a wonderful way to honor their memory.”