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Andrew Cuomo stripped of special Emmy after resignation

The Emmy was awarded to the former New York governor last year for his once-daily televised briefings about the coronavirus pandemic.
Image: New York Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing In New York
Andrew Cuomo, then the governor of New York, during the daily media briefing at the Governor's Office in New York City on July 23, 2020.Jeenah Moon / Getty Images file

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is no longer an Emmy winner after his award was rescinded, with the international TV academy citing his resignation after a report found that he had sexually harassed 11 women.

"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 International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Tuesday.

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

The Emmy was awarded last year for Cuomo's once-daily televised briefings about the coronavirus pandemic, which were watched not only by New Yorkers but also by people around the world. Cuomo was lauded at the time for keeping the state, an early Covid hot spot, calm and informed in the thick of the pandemic.

Cuomo, 63, announced his resignation this month. He had been governor for a decade.

Cuomo was pressured to step down after a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James found that he had sexually harassed almost a dozen women, including employees in his office, and violated state and federal laws.

Kathy Hochul, formerly the lieutenant governor, was sworn in as governor Tuesday.

Cuomo has denied the harassment allegations, and while he apologized to his accusers, he made it clear that he did not believe he stepped over a red line requiring removal from office.