Ellen DeGeneres (61) will receive a special Golden Globe Award early next year. The talk show host can receive the Carol Burnett Award on January 5, which honors her entire career. The Golden Globes organization announced this on Monday.
“She is a pioneer who has been keeping the audience tied up for almost 25 years with her unmistakable charm and humor,” said Lorenzo Soria, president of the jury. “Apart from her success on television, she is also an activist and philanthropist who lends her voice to those who don’t have one and uses her platform to spread friendliness and joy. We look forward to celebrating her achievements at the ceremony this year. “
The oeuvre prize was created last year to honor television stars. Actress and comedian Carol Burnett, after whom the award was named, received the first one. The winner is chosen by American entertainment journalists and photographers. It is the counterpart of the Cecil B. deMille Award, with which film stars are awarded for their contribution during the Golden Globe Awards.