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Kate McKinnon Got Emotional While Giving Kudos To Ellen DeGeneres

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By Emily Reily

Ellen Honored At the Golden Globes


Kate McKinnon appeared at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night to honor Ellen DeGeneres and present her with the Carol Burnett Award. DeGeneres is the first recipient of the award.

McKinnon took the time, while introducing DeGeneres, to speak about how the comedian came out as gay on her TV show, "The Ellen Show" during its fourth season in 1997.

McKinnon Brought the Jokes

Giphy | Golden Globes

McKinnon says she recalled the moment she realized she was gay.

According to Glamour, “In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was at the height of its popularity, I was in my mother’s basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking, ‘Am I gay?’ ”

The line got big laughs, but we're pretty sure McKinnon wasn't kidding.

She went on:

“And I was and I still am. But that’s a very scary thing to suddenly know about yourself, it’s sort of like doing 23AndMe and discovering that you have alien DNA.”

Giphy | Golden Globes

McKinnon said seeing DeGeneres on TV was a lifeline for her.

“The only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV…Of course, attitudes change but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire to make them change.”

The SNL comedian and actress began to tear up as she told her story.

“And if I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would’ve thought, ‘I can never be on TV, they don’t let LGBTQ people on TV,’ and more than that, I would’ve gone on thinking that I was an alien and that I maybe didn’t even have a right to be here, so thank you, Ellen, for giving me a shot."

“Thank you Ellen, for giving me a shot at a good life.”

Can You Feel the Love

Giphy | Golden Globes

When DeGeneres got up on stage to receive her award, she returned the favor to McKinnon, telling her: “Kate, you’re incredible. I hate being asked to do things like this, so thank you for flying here, thank you for writing this, thank you for your words. I love you.”

DeGeneres seemed grateful that she just had the opportunity to have a successful career in television. She was clearly affected by the moment, too.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is make people feel good and laugh, and there is 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.... I’m so, so grateful to be a part of it.”

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