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George Clooney to receive Humanitarian Award at Emmys

July 21, 2010 | 11:45 am

George Clooney will receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award during the Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 29. The presentation will mark the first time in six years that the award has been handed out.

Clooney is being honored for his work in several areas, including his advocacy to stop genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan and his involvement in quickly mobilizing the entertainment industry for the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" event in the wake of Sept. 11.

Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas have been the previous recipients of the award, which is presented to an "individual in the telecommunications industry whose humanitarian works have brought credit to the industry and whose deeds and actions have a lasting impact on society," said a statement from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

— Greg Braxton