A special Emmy award given to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his COVID-19 briefings in 2020 has been rescinded due to the circumstances surrounding his resignation from office.

Cuomo had received the International Emmy Founders Award for his “masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world,” the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in November 2020, when it announced the award.

Cuomo stepped down as governor on Monday after a state investigation concluded he sexually harassed women who worked for him. He at times expressed regret for making young women uncomfortable, but denied criminal wrongdoing,

In light of the investigation and Cuomo’s resignation, the television academy “is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

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

Cuomo’s Emmy rescinded after resignation
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