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May 15, 2012

Joins exclusive club that includes Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg and George Carlin

Ellen DeGeneres, whose talk show has won 25 Emmys, will need to make room on her awards shelf for yet another honor: the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Past winners include Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, George Carlin and Will Ferrell.

'It's such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize,' she said in a statement. 'To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder … why didn't I get this sooner?'