Ellen DeGeneres has won an award for best daytime talk show in the US despite incessant allegations of mean behaviour.
The 63-year-old accepted the E! People’s Choice award in person at the annual ceremony yesterday, where she pointedly thanked her staff for her success.
“I am not only accepting this award for myself, I’m accepting it on behalf of my amazing crew, my staff who make the show possible,” she began.
“They show up every single day, they give 100 per cent of themselves, 100 per cent of the time.
“That’s 250 people, times 170 shows a year, times 18 years, if you carry the 2 and divide it by 11 … My point is, I love them all and I thank them for what they do every single day to help that show be the best that we try to make it every single day.”
Ellen recently returned to the small screen for the 18th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, following months of mounting reports of toxic workplace claims.
Several staff who had worked for DeGeneres spoke out and accused the veteran TV host of being cruel, in a storm that exploded after a Twitter thread about Ellen “being one of the meanest people alive” went viral in March.
Ellen’s show managed to beat Good Morning America, Today, The Kelly Clarkson Show and The View in the category.
“I know this award comes from the people. I say thank you to the people,” she continued.
“For all of my fans for supporting me, for sticking by me, I cannot tell you how grateful I am and what this means to me. It’s more than I can possibly tell you, especially right now.”
Viewers questioned how the embattled talk show host won the award – which is fan voted – given the serious bullying allegations against her.
Ellen opened her new season with a lengthy apology in September as she addressed the reports.
“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” Ellen told viewers.
“I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
She added: “Being known as the ‘be-kind lady’ is a tricky position to be in. The truth is I am that person you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.”