Carol Burnett TV Achievement Award

  • Carol Burnett TV Achievement Award


    AWARD 7



    ELLEN DeGENERES:  Wow.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Woo.  Thank you so much.

    You never know where life takes you, huh?  Before I say anything, Australia, I love you.  My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering in Australia, all the animals that we’ve lost.

    Kate, you’re incredible and thank you so much.  I know how hard ‑‑ I hate being asked to do things like this, so thank you for doing this.  Thank you for flying here.  Thank you for writing something.  Thank you for the amazing ‑‑ the words that you said.  Thank you so much.  I love you.  I love you.

    Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press.  I feel humbled and honored to receive this.  The first person after Carol Burnett is quite an honor, so thank you so much.

    It’s a prestigious award.  And what I like most about it is I knew coming in, I would win.  Uh.  I mean, there’s nothing worse than sitting there, like most of you, waiting and wondering if you’re going to win and politely acting like, “Oh, I’m going to listen to everybody’s speeches,” like it’s nice ‑‑ and it’s not.  Because people just go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.  And you’re like, uh ‑‑ I’m not going to do that.  I’m going to be quick.

    Although, I don’t have to, because it’s a special award and they don’t play me off.


    I mean, I don’t have to end at all, because it’s a special award.


    But they said they were going to give me a sign at 25 minutes, but that’s for my reference, just to see where I was.

    But I could go on.  I’m not.  I’m going to keep it quick.

    I was born in New Orleans in 1958, January 26.  Dr. Swanson delivered me at 8:43 in the morning.  A rainy, rainy ‑‑ and not ‑‑ I mean Louisiana heavy rain.

    My parents drove me home in a Buick.  I think it was a Buick.  It could have been a Ford or a Chrysler.  It was a Buick.  I think it was a Buick.  The point is they brought me home in a car.

    And before I knew it, I had a successful sitcom and I came out and then I lost that sitcom.  And then I got another sitcom and I lost that sitcom too.  And then I got to do something that I’d never been able to do before and that is make my own whiskey.  And after that, I got a talk show and I was able to be myself.  And that was 17 years ago, and I feel like you’ve all really gotten to know me over the past 17 years.  I am an open book.

    And I couldn’t have done it without my husband Mark.  Mark ‑‑


    you are my rock.  Thank you for supporting me through this crazy journey.  I know it wasn’t easy for you or the kids.

    Rupert and Fiona, go to bed.  I love you.

    That’s funny, because they’re in college now.

    But ‑‑ the point is you all know me.  And obviously you know me or else you wouldn’t have laughed at all that.

    I feel like we all think we know someone.  There’s a connection when we watch someone on TV for as long as we are on TV.  And that’s what it was like for me with Carol Burnett.  I felt like I knew her.  I felt like she showed us who she was every week.  She was larger than life.  She was ‑‑


    We counted on her to make us feel good, and she delivered every single week.  She never let us down.  She was hilarious in all the sketches that she did.  And when she did the Q&A with the audience, she was just genuine and personal.  And I always felt like she was speaking to me, when at the end of the show, every time she pulled her ear, I knew she was saying, “It’s okay.  I’m gay too.”


    Thank you.

    Television, it inspired every ‑‑ and influenced everything that I am today.  Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore.  Marlo Thomas, Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, “Mannix”.  There’s a little bit of all of them in me.  That doesn’t sound right, but you know what I’m saying.

    All I’ve ever wanted to do is make people feel good and laugh, and there’s no greater feeling than when someone tells me that I’ve made their day better with my show or that I’ve helped them get through a sickness or a hard time in their lives.  But the real power of television for me is not that people who watch my show, but people watch my show and then they’re inspired to go out and do the same thing in their own lives.  They make people laugh or be kind or help someone that’s less fortunate than themselves.  And that is the power of television, and I’m so, so grateful to be a part of it.

    Thank you so much everybody.


    ELLEN DeGENERES: Thank you, most of you. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Hi, Ellen.


    QUESTION: Congratulations.

    ELLEN DeGENERES: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You’ve won for so many accolades. How is that award any different?

    ELLEN DeGENERES: It’s very different. They are all different, but it’s a Carol Burnett award. It’s the lifetime achievement for television, and that’s crazy that I have gone in and out of television and the fact that I would get something even connected to a name that I grew up admiring is obviously very important to me. I think it means a lot to — it means a lot to other people. I think it sends a message that as I said when I started, my life has been a crazy journey. I never could have imagined that I would have won any awards, much less the ones that you are referring to. So I think it sends a really powerful message to anyone out there trying to start a career and saying “I’m different.” You can — you can accomplish a whole lot. So I’m — as much as I don’t seem emotional, I’m deeply moved by this. I mean, I really am. Thanks.

    QUESTION: Congratulations.

    ELLEN DeGENERES: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You’ve really pioneered and paved the way for so many women, but I want to know who do you look up to and why?

    ELLEN DeGENERES: Kate McKinnon. I look up to not just people that are older than me, but people that are starting out now and paving the way. I think Kate McKinnon is brilliant, and I think she’s strong, and I think she’s brave. So I look up to her. I look up to so many people. These are the questions that I should anticipate. I should think about this ahead of time. I didn’t think about that one. Can I get back to you? Leave your number.

    QUESTION: Ellen, congratulations.

    ELLEN DeGENERES: Thank you.

    QUESTION: What a wonderful night.

    ELLEN DeGENERES: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You know, of course we’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with you, and people talk about the hard times, but also, there is something to learn to coping with success, to coping with the next stage of life. This is one of those questions you should have been ready for. What have you learned about taking advantage of success, about loving yourself and keeping both?

    ELLEN DeGENERES: I’m pretty sure I am ready for this because I meditate on it all the time. I think I am really happy for every single thing that happened in my life. I am happy for the people that didn’t support me. I’m happy for the times that were the hardest times of my life because I feel like that’s what makes 1 you. If everything is easy, you don’t really have anything to compare it to. So I’m really grateful for all of the hard times, all of the things that didn’t work out the way I wanted them to work out, and I feel bad for people that have everything working all the time because that’s just not life. Life doesn’t work that way. So I’m just grateful for my journey and, of course, my husband Mark (Laughter.)


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