Ellen DeGeneres Says She’s ‘Grateful’ for ‘Exhausting Occasions’ in Her Life After Golden Globes Honor

Ellen DeGeneres Says She’s ‘Grateful’ for ‘Hard Times’ in Her Life After Golden Globes Honor

Ellen DeGeneres wouldn’t change a factor in her previous — the nice or the dangerous.

On Sunday, the speak present host, 61, was awarded the Carol Burnett Award on the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, a lifetime achievement honor for contributions to tv.

The popularity meant rather a lot to DeGeneres, who mirrored on her life’s journey main as much as the massive win.

“I believe that I’m actually joyful for each single factor that occurred in my life,” she informed reporters after her acceptance speech. “I’m joyful for the people who didn’t assist me, I’m joyful for the occasions that had been the toughest occasions of my life, as a result of I really feel like that’s what makes you, you recognize?”

DeGeneres, who has hosted her common daytime sequence since 2003, mentioned the ups and downs in her life constructed her character and outlined her.

“If all the things is straightforward, you don’t actually have something to match it to,” she mentioned. “I’m actually grateful for all of the arduous occasions, all of the issues that didn’t work out the best way I needed them to work out, and I really feel dangerous for those that have all the things working on a regular basis, as a result of that’s simply not life.”

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She added: “Life doesn’t work that means so I’m simply grateful for my journey — and, after all, my husband Mark.”

The fictional partner “Mark” who the comic — who’s married to Portia de Rossi — referred to is a callback to her acceptance speech earlier within the night, throughout which DeGeneres winked at her personal trailblazing efforts in LGBTQ illustration.

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Saturday Evening Reside star Kate McKinnon offered DeGeneres with the award, holding again tears as she shared how a lot the comic helped her course of her personal sexual id as a teen.

“In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was on the peak of its reputation, I used to be in my mom’s basement lifting weights in entrance of the mirror considering, ‘Am I homosexual?’ And I used to be. And I nonetheless am. However that’s a really scary factor to immediately find out about your self,” McKinnon, 36, laughed.

“She risked her total life and her total profession as a way to inform the reality, and he or she suffered significantly for it,” she continued. “In fact, attitudes change, however solely as a result of courageous individuals like Ellen leap into the hearth to make them change. And if I hadn’t seen her on TV, I might’ve thought, ‘I may by no means be on TV.’”

The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony aired reside on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 5.