Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s International Emmy Founders Award was rescinded on Tuesday.
In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said it was striking the record of Cuomo being an Emmy winner. “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 Academy said in their statement.
Cuomo won the International Emmy Founders Award for “effective communication and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the International Academy said in 2020. His daily coronavirus briefings were the major source of his star turn during the pandemic.
Cuomo’s name will be wiped from all Emmy communications and historical lists. An Emmy’s spokesperson told Insider that they do not have a say in whether Cuomo returns the physical trophy, and referred a reporter to the Academy, who did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Cuomo resigned on Monday following the release of a report by New York attorney general Letitia James detailing allegations the former governor sexually harassed eleven women, one of whom has filed a criminal complaint. Cuomo has denied harassing the women although he has apologized for making comments that “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”
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