WATCH: Cuomo accepts Emmy award for COVID briefings: 'Thank you for this tremendous honor'

By , 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday received the Founders Award at 48th International Emmy Awards.

The award was presented by International Academy President & CEO Bruce Paisner, with help from Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Billy Joel in a special video.

"I was trying to think of something that I could say to you that would be funny, so I called your brother Chris, who could not understand why you're getting an Emmy since he's the one on television," Ben Stiller said.

The governor began his speech by thanking the academy adding that their work has brought smiles and hope and relief for so many people during these difficult days.

"I wish I could say that my daily COVID presentations were well-choreographed, scripted, rehearsed or reflected any of the talents that you advance. They didn't. They offered only one thing, authentic truth and stability. But sometimes that's enough," Cuomo added.

He ended his speech by saying thank you.

"Thank you for this tremendous honor," Cuomo said. "Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. Give love, get love. We will get through this together, and we will be the stronger for it."

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