Amidst a controversy that led to his departure from the show, the voice of Elmo won three Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy awards Friday.
Kevin Clash shared an award as executive co-producer of “Sesame Street,” which also won Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series, won for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series and shared an Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series award.
Several lawsuits accusing Clash of sexual abuse have been filed, including claims he had a sexual relationship with underage boys.
Clash voiced Elmo since 1985. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization,” he said in a released statement last fall when he left the PBS show. “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”
At the time, Clash’s lawyer stated that related lawsuits against Clash were without merit.
“Sesame Street” premiered in 1969 and was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The educational program appears on PBS stations in America and versions of it run around the world.
The awards show, held Friday night, took place at Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.