Ellen DeGeneres Made Sure To Thank Her “Amazing” Staff While Accepting Her People’s Choice Award
In a twist that feels like it was cooked up by irony, Ellen DeGeneres won the 2020 People’s Choice Award for Best Talk Show, for Ellen, a show which has spent most of 2020 defending itself against allegations that it’s the worst talk show (behind the scenes, at least). The show was virtual, due to COVID-19, and I’m sure host Demi Lovato would have happily accepted the award on Ellen’s behalf if Ellen would have rather spent the evening relaxing in one of her many expensive temperature-controlled rich lady swimming pools. But Ellen clearly didn’t want to pass up the opportunity for some live televised damage control, because she showed up in person to collect her award, which she shares with her amazing, wonderful, spectacular, benevolent, forgiving, kind-hearted staff.
Ellen has already apologized on television for the allegations that the Ellen show fostered a toxic work environment rife with sexual harassment, racism, and general unpleasantness. That apology saw Ellen powering down into Sincere Mode, as was required for such an event. But the People’s Choice Awards are a little more casual, so Ellen didn’t do any apologizing this time. Instead, she made some jokes about there not being an audience, which transitioned into gratitude for the people who help keep the show running. Excuse me, the ones that currently keep the show running. via Us Weekly:
“I am not only accepting this award for myself; I’m accepting it on behalf of my amazing crew, my amazing staff, who make this show possible. They show up every single day. They give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time. That’s 250 people times 170 shows a year times 18 years…My point is I love them all, and I thank them for what they do every single day to help that show be the best that we try to make it every single day.”
Not to leave out the fans at home, Ellen also thanked everyone who still continues to watch Ellen, even after it was reported she might have allegedly tried to stiff her crew at the beginning of the pandemic, or the Twitter talk that she’s an alleged sociopath in sensible shoes.
“I know this award comes from the people. I say thank you to the people. Thank you to all of my fans for supporting me, for sticking by me. I cannot tell you how grateful I am and what this means to me. It’s more than I can possibly tell you – especially right now.”
Wait, no big thank you to her online kindness brand manager and wife Portia De Rossi? Or even Kevin Hart? I’m sure they don’t mind being left out. After all, this award was all about the staff and the fans. Ellen even said so herself, by acknowledging that this award means so much because it’s from the people. But I believe Ellen when she tells us how grateful she is for her award. After all, imagine how nervous she might be at the Employee’s Choice Awards? Speaking of, I know Ellen says she’s accepting this award with her staff. But I hope she doesn’t mean literally. Allowing everyone to hold her award for 5 minutes isn’t a proper workplace perk, Ellen.