Ellen DeGeneres is being honored for her achievements in television the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
On Monday (November 4), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) named the three-time Golden Globe nominee and Ellen DeGeneres Show host as next year's recipient of the Carol Burnett Award. Named after actress Carol Burnett, the award, which celebrates “outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen,” was first given to Burnett at this year's ceremony.
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award,” HFPA President Lorenzo Soria told PEOPLE in a statement. “From her sitcoms, to stand-up, to becoming a household staple on daytime television, she is a pioneer who has captivated audiences for nearly 25 years with her undeniable charm and wit. In addition to her television success, she’s an advocate and philanthropist, lending her voice to those who don’t have one, and spreading kindness and joy through the power of her platform,” said Soria. “We look forward to celebrating her achievements at this year’s ceremony.”
This year celebrates the 17th season of the 61-year-old's show, which has won 63 Daytime Emmy Awards since its inception 16 years ago. What's more, DeGeneres revealed earlier this year that her program had been renewed through the 2021-22 season.
“I really had no idea what this show was going to be when we started. I had gone through a tough time. I lost my career for a little while. This show was my second chance and it turns out it also helped other people go through a tough time," she said at the time. "I got letters from people telling me that I helped them go through chemo and that they were inspired by one of my guests or watching the show made them laugh for the very first time in a long time. That’s why I’m going to keep doing this show, for people like you.”
The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards will broadcast on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 8 PM EST on NBC.
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