George Clooney’s Emmy honour
George Clooney is being presented with an Emmy award for his humanitarian efforts. The 49-year-old Hollywood star will be honoured with 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. He said: “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.”
The prestigious award – established in 2002 after the late actor Bob Hope – has so far been given to three other recipients. Bob’s daughter Linda is pleased with the choice of recipient. She said: “Like my own father, George is a person who looks beyond himself to use his celebrity for good, to make a difference in the world and to inspire others to do the same. “It’s particularly gratifying that he has been selected for this award, since our families have a history of friendship and a powerful, shared desire to help others.”
Previous recipients of the awards were Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas, who received it posthumously in 2004. The Emmy Awards will take place on 29 August in Los Angeles.