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Andrew Cuomo’s Emmy Award rescinded following sexual harassment scandal



Andrew Cuomo’s Emmy Award rescinded following sexual harassment scandal


Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York, is no longer an Emmy winner.

This came less than 24 hours after Cuomo announced his resignation as governor of New York.

The disgraced politician, who resigned over claims that he sexually assaulted 11 women while in government, is certain to lose the award given to him by the International Academy, which awards the international Emmys, in November.

“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,” the group said in a statement to Fox News.

“His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward,” it concluded.

Cuomo received the 2020 International Emmy Founders Award on Nov. 20 for “his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world,” according to the International Academy.


In a statement announcing the decision, the academy’s president and CEO, Bruce Paisner, said, “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. 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.”

The Emmys’ Founder’s Award is presented to people who “cross cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity,” according to the Emmys.

Cuomo came under criticism in February after allegations surfaced that the governor’s administration undercounted the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the state’s nursing facilities. Several women, including those who worked in the governor’s office, accused the then-governor of unwanted kissing, groping, and making improper remarks at the same time.

Cuomo, a three-term governor of New York, resigned  after facing the possibility of impeachment by the State Assembly, where he had lost the majority of his support. His resignation came after a months-long investigation by the state attorney general’s office, which concluded that he sexually assaulted 11 women and attempted to retaliate against one of his victims who went public with her claims. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the state’s first female governor at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday in a private ceremony.

Former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg have all received the founder’s award in the past.

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