Disgraced ex-governor of New York Cuomo stripped of Emmy & ERASED from award history
On Tuesday, the New York-based International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced 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.”
“His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward,” they added.
NEW: Andrew Cuomo has been stripped of his International Emmy. pic.twitter.com/gJHNY26hZ8— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) August 24, 2021
However, the report referenced in the statement was released on August 3, and Cuomo announced his resignation a week later. It went into effect on Monday. Democrat Kathy Hochul was sworn in as his replacement just after midnight on Tuesday. While the International Academy didn’t elaborate any further on its actions, they apparently waited until Cuomo was no longer governor to revoke his award and purge him from their history.
Back in November 2020, they were singing another tune, giving Cuomo a Founders Award “for effective communication and leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic” and “his masterful use of TV to inform and calm people around the world.”
Cuomo’s daily briefings “worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy, said at the time. “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.”Also on rt.com ‘Is this a joke?’ NY Governor Cuomo wins Emmy for his televised coronavirus briefings, Twitter meltdown ensues
The news was lauded by Cynthia Nixon, who attempted to unseat Cuomo in the 2018 gubernatorial election, running on a progressive platform. The difference between him and her now is that “neither of us is governor, but I still have my Emmy(s),” she tweeted. Nixon received five nominations for the award in her career and won it twice for her acting in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Sex and the City.
The difference between me and Andrew Cuomo? Neither of us is governor, but I still have my Emmy(s).— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) August 24, 2021
The award put Cuomo in the company of TV legends such as J.J. Abrams, Norman Lear, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey – and angered critics who protested that his state had one of the worst death tolls, including the vulnerable elderly in nursing homes that he ordered to accept Covid-19 patients. US President Joe Biden’s administration abandoned the investigation into that particular scandal in July.
The International Academy, which handed out – and has now rescinded – the award, is itself based in New York. Cuomo had governed the state for ten years, and previously held the job of the state attorney general. His father Mario had been governor for three terms as well.
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