George Clooney receives humanitarian Emmy Award

The award was presented — for the first time in six years to Clooney for his work to raise awareness of the crisis in Darfur, and fund-raising efforts for causes ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the Haiti earthquake and the victims of the September 11 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC.

"I have offered to go to the south of Sudan and stage, like, a wardrobe malfunction," Clooney joked while accepting the award here last night."But it was pointed out to me that I'm 49, and the consensus was that it would just be upsetting. And kind of sad," he added.
The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual in the telecommunications industry whose humanitarian work has brought credit to the industry and whose deeds and actions have a lasting impact on society.

After receiving a standing ovation as he walked on stage, Clooney said that everybody should be seated."Don't do that because then I feel like maybe I'm sick and I don't know it," he said.

Since its establishment in 2002, only three other honorees have been selected to receive this prestigious award — Oprah Winfrey was the inaugural recipient in 2002, followed by Bill Cosby in 2003 and Danny Thomas in 2004 (presented posthumously, accepted by his daughter, actress Marlo Thomas).

Previously, Clooney has been honoured with the 2007 Peace Summit Award by The Eighth World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and in 2008, Clooney was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace, to serve as an advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts

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