Ex-Governor Cuomo Has His Emmy Unjustly Revoked
Andrew Cuomo officially resigned as governor of New York yesterday in response to a damning report by the state’s attorney general that detailed 11 women’s sexual harassment allegations against him. As a final indignity, the ex-governor has also been stripped of his Emmy.
“The International Academy announced today that in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award,” said the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in a statement today.
The organization had previously given Cuomo its Founders award back in November 2020. That honor, per the Academy’s website, is reserved for people who have “crossed cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.” Past recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Al Gore, and Steven Spielberg.
Cuomo certainly did his share of crossing boundaries while in office. Yet it was his commanding performance at COVID-era press conferences during the early months of the pandemic that ultimately netted him the Emmy.
“The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” said International Academy President Bruce L. Paisner in November. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”
Given the serious allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation made against Cuomo, it’s completely reasonable that the Academy would want to distance itself from the disgraced former governor. The Associated Press notes that the or
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