Ellen DeGeneres was honoured on Sunday with The Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globe Awards and the comedian, who understands first-hand the method tv can alter people's lives, utilized her time to commemorate the power of the medium.
"But the genuine power of tv, for me, is not that people enjoy my program, but individuals watch my program and then they're influenced to go out and do the same thing in their own lives. And that is the power of television."
She added: "I'm so, so grateful to be a part of it."
DeGeneres has actually hosted her popular daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for 17 years.
Her stand-up career led to her 1990s funny series "Ellen," during which she ended up being the very first lead star in a comedy to come out as gay, a watershed minute for LGBTQ+ visibility.
The Carol Burnett Award was developed in 2018.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the annual awards ceremony, named the award in honour of the TV icon with the intention that it exists every year to someone who "has actually made outstanding contributions to tv on or off the screen," according to a declaration from HFPA in 2018.
Burnett, a five-time Golden Globe winner, accepted the inaugural award at the 2019 ceremony.
DeGeneres was introduced by "Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon, who thanked the TV character for offering her "a sense of self" as a young adult.
" She risked her entire life and her entire profession to tell the reality-- and she suffered greatly for it," she said. "Of course, mindsets change but just since brave people like Ellen delve into the fire to make them change."