Ellen credits her staff and thanks fans for 'sticking by' her after winning People's Choice Award

George Back
·Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
·2 min read

During Sunday’s E! People’s Choice Awards, Ellen DeGeneres took home the Best Daytime Talk Show Award for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While DeGeneres has won several awards for her show, this one was particularly special, given the recent trials and tribulations which she has been forced to address.

Over the summer, multiple employees accused DeGeneres and several producers on the show of creating a toxic work environment. After an investigation, and a couple of apologies from DeGeneres, three executive producers were fired. So DeGeneres opened her acceptance speech by giving the credit to her staff.

“I am not only accepting this award for myself,” said DeGeneres. “I’m accepting on behalf of my amazing crew, my amazing staff who make the show possible. They show up every single day, they give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time.”

DeGeneres also thanked her loyal fans for supporting her throughout the turbulent summer.

“I say thank you to the people, to all my fans, thank you for supporting me and sticking by me,” she said. “I cannot tell you how grateful I am and what this means to me, it's more than I could possibly tell you, especially now.”

While much of DeGeneres’s speech was a heartfelt message to her staff and fans, the comedian still managed to end on a funny note.

“Thank you so much,” she said. “I'm going to wipe it down with Lysol and then put it on my shelf. I love you all, thank you.”

E! People’s Choice Awards originally aired Sunday at 9 p.m. on E!

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