Ellen DeGeneres has proven, once again, that she is definitely the people’s choice.
She was presented with the Favorite Talk Show prize at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday (7 January) in Los Angeles – her 14th win since 2005.
DeGeneres won her first People’s Choice Award back in 1995 in the category of Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series – two years before she came out publicly as a lesbian.
‘This means so much to me,’ she told the screaming audience at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ‘To be given this award 15 times means I’m doing something right and I’m connecting with you.’
It’s a long ways from nearly 18 years ago when her coming out on the cover of Time Magazine ultimately cost her her ABC sitcom and a led to years of underemployment.
‘We all get in this business because we want to be understood – we want to be gotten,’ she said in her awards speech. ‘I think everybody wants that in life and I get to do exactly what I want to do.
‘I get to be who I am.’