Ellen DeGeneres Thanks Her "Husband Mark" During Hilarious 2020 Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

The talk show host made celebs laugh, including wife Portia de Rossi who was watching in the audience as she thanked her "husband!"

By Brett Malec Jan 06, 2020 2:15 AMTags
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Cover your ears, Portia de Rossi!
While accepting the Carol Burnett Award for excellence in television at tonight's 2020 Golden Globes, Ellen DeGeneres stayed true to form by giving a hilarious yet heartfelt acceptance speech as her wife de Rossi loving watched from the audience.
DeGeneres started off her monologue on a serious note, saying, "Australia, I love you, my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering in Australia, all the animals that we've lost."
The talk show host continued, "Thank you so much to the Hollywood foreign press. I feel humbled and honored to receive this, the first person after Carol Burnett is quite an honor, so thank you so much. It's a prestigious award and what I like most about it is I knew coming in that I would win. I mean, there's nothing worse than sitting there like most of you waiting and wondering if you're going to win and politely acting like, I'm going to listen to everyone's speeches and it's nice and it's not."


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DeGeneres went on to make mention of her hit sitcom, which ended after she came out publicly in 1997. "And after that, I got a talk show and I was able to be myself. And that was 17 years ago. And I feel like you've all really gotten to know me over the past 17 years," she said. "I am an open book. And I couldn't have done it without my husband Mark. Mark, you are my rock. Thank you for supporting me through this crazy journey I know it wasn't easy for you or the kids, Rupert and Fiona, go to bed."
Of course, the crowded erupted with laughter as did DeGeneres' wife who was beaming from her seat.
"Television inspired and influenced everything that I am today. Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Marlo Thomas, Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart. There is a little bit of all of them in me, that didn't sound right, but you know what I'm saying," DeGeneres continued. "All I've ever wanted to do was make people feel good and laugh. There's no greater feeling than when someone tells me that I've made their day better with my show or that I've helped them get through a sickness or a hard time in their lives. But the real power of television for me is that, not that people watch my show, but people watch my show and then they're inspired to go out and do the same thing in their own lives, make people laugh or be kind or help someone less fortunate than themselves that is the power of television. I'm so, so grateful to be a part of it. Thank you so much, everybody."

The Carol Burnett Award was one of two lifetime achievement awards handed out during tonight's Golden Globes show. Tom Hanks was also honored by the HFPA with the Cecil B. deMille award.