Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had his International Emmy Award in 2020 lifted.
“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 repealing his special 2020 International Emmy® Award,” the organization told Fox News in a statement.
“His name and any reference to him receiving the award will be removed from International Academy materials in the future,” it concluded.
Cuomo resigned as governor on Monday during a scandal over sexual harassment. On Tuesday, Kathy Hochul was sworn in and became New York’s first female governor.
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Cuomo originally won the Founders Award “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and reassure people around the world.”
According to the Emmys, its founding award is given to those who “cross cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.”
Past recipients include former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
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“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created TV series with characters, plotlines, and stories of success and failure,” International Academy President & CEO Bruce Paisner said in a press release at the time. “People around the world lined up to find out what was going on, and hard in New York became a symbol of the will to fight back.”
Cuomo has been governor of New York since 2011, and his decision to resign came after New York Attorney General Letitia James concluded that he sexually harassed at least 11 women on a 165 pages report released in early August.
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The politician said at a press conference two weeks ago that he is “deeply” sorry for any behavior that was considered inappropriate during his tenure, but denied the allegations of sexual harassment.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.
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