Cuomo stripped of Emmy for COVID-19 briefings by TV Academy

Cuomo stripped of Emmy for COVID-19 briefings by TV Academy

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ALBANY — Just hours after Andrew M. Cuomo resigned his office in disgrace, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has pulled the special Emmy award he received last year for his top-rated COVID-19 briefings.

In a brief statement on Tuesday, the Academy cited the release of the report from the state attorney general’s office that concluded Cuomo was a serial sexual harasser, as well as his subsequent decision to resign — an exit that became effective just before midnight Monday.

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

The Emmy was announced in November, when Cuomo was still riding high in the polls for his performance during the pandemic.

“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,” the Academy’s President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner said in the statement announcing the award that remained on the group’s website on Tuesday. “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.”

Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, was among the state lawmakers who sent a February letter to Academy President Adam Sharp calling for the Emmy to be reversed as the scandals facing Cuomo stacked up.

Tague’s letter focused on the administration’s stonewalling on data related to the COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents, and said that Cuomo and his top aides had “made an active and concerted effort to keep data related to nursing home fatalities hidden from the eyes of the public, press, and state Legislature.”

That matter remains under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, based in Brooklyn.

Based in New York City, the International Academy is one of three sibling organizations empowered to hand out Emmys.

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Jenny Oslen