Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been stripped of the Emmy award he received last year for his famous Covid-19 briefings, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday, just hours after Cuomo formally resigned in response to sexual harassment allegations against him.
The TV agency said in a brief statement that it is rescinding Cuomo’s award in light of the report published last month by New York State Attorney General Letitia James detailing sexual harassment claims from 11 different women and Cuomo’s “subsequent resignation as governor.”
“His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward,” the statement read.
Cuomo was honored with the Founders Award, an Emmy that recognizes an individual or group that “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity,” in November 2020 before Cuomo became the center of multiple scandals.
As he drew mounting criticism for his administration’s handling of nursing homes during the Covid-19 pandemic and allegations of sexual harassment, a group of state lawmakers appealed to have Cuomo’s Emmy rescinded.
“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 Paisner, the CEO and President of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement when announcing Cuomo would receive 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.”
The loss of his Emmy highlights the extent of Cuomo’s fall from grace since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, when he was treated as a national hero for his handling of an early virus outbreak in New York. Cuomo, who has continued to deny the allegations against him, resigned in disgrace on Tuesday, ceding power to his former second-in-command Kathy Hochul.