Clooney to receive Emmy for charity work

July 23rd, 2010 - 12:49 am ICT by IANS  

Oprah Winfrey London, July 22 (IANS) Hollywood actor George Clooney will be honoured with an Emmy award for his humanitarian work, including hosting a telethon that raised $50 million for earthquake-hit Haiti.
The “Up In The Air” star will receive the Bob Hope trophy for hosting a telethon that raised $50 million for earthquake-hit Haiti as well as his efforts to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina and raise awareness of the crisis in Darfur.

John Shaffner, chairman and chief executive of the TV academy, said Clooney was “an obvious choice” for the award.

“George was an obvious choice for this honour. He has understood and harnessed the power of television, the most powerful medium of our time, to reach into the hearts of people around the world and compelled us to action on behalf of those in sudden and desperate need, as well as those tragically oppressed in Darfur,” quoted Shaffner as saying.

The prestigious award, established in 2002 after the late actor Bob Hope, has so far been given to three other recipients - Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas, who received it posthumously in 2004.

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