In the most recent blow to his legacy, former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has been stripped of the Emmy Award he obtained final yr for his standard briefings on the coronavirus.
The announcement from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday got here the day after Mr. Cuomo resigned and hours after Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in to switch him. It marks one other loss for Mr. Cuomo as his legacy is reconsidered following a scathing report by the state legal professional common’s workplace that discovered he had sexually harassed 11 girls, together with a number of of his aides.
Mr. Cuomo obtained the International Emmy Founders Award final yr for his each day briefings on the Covid-19 pandemic, which drew thousands and thousands of viewers, boosted his nationwide profile and turned him into an emblem of consolation and robust management for a lot of Americans.
In an announcement Tuesday, the academy stated it had pulled the award due to the sexual harassment allegations and Mr. Cuomo’s resignation.
“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 stated. “His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward.”
The Founders Award is introduced to a person or group who “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity,” the academy stated. Prior recipients of the award embrace former Vice President Al Gore and Oprah Winfrey.
During the presentation of Mr. Cuomo’s award at a digital ceremony final November, the academy performed clips from his briefings as properly as video messages of reward from New York icons like Spike Lee, Robert De Niro, Rosie Perez and Billy Crystal.
“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,” Bruce L. Paisner, the president and chief govt of the International Academy, stated in an announcement asserting the award. “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.”
But Mr. Cuomo’s star sank dramatically within the wake of the legal professional common’s report, criticism over allegations of undercounted nursing house deaths throughout the pandemic and a push for impeachment, culminating in his resignation Monday night time.
A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
But Cynthia Nixon, an actress and activist who challenged Mr. Cuomo within the 2018 Democratic main race for governor, responded to the information in a tweet.
“The difference between me and Andrew Cuomo?” Ms. Nixon wrote. “Neither of us is governor, but I still have my Emmy(s).”