The daytime host's humorously questionable behavior kept the otherwise stale show hosted by
First came her mock acceptance of singer Justin Timberlake's favorite album award. DeGeneres ascended the stage when the
Later, she set a record for winning 14 People's Choice Awards when she took home the honor for daytime TV host at the
"Wow, wow, wow! Thank you so much. Thank you so much. I would say sit down but you are already sitting down," the comic quipped. "Fourteen, this is incredible. I mean really, as a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone told me I was going to win 14 People's Choice Awards -- I mean 12, yes, 13 maybe, but 14..."
"I treasure this because it is from the people and there's no better thing than knowing that you are making people happy. It's why I got into this business," she continued. "I love making people happy. And when we first started the show the very first season, I love not only having celebrities on but having regular people on. And I wanted to make the show a show for everyone. A show for old people and young people and men and women and black and white and gay and straight and everybody."
That's when the host, who is married to actress
"As a matter of fact, just yesterday, I was talking to this lovely African American woman and she told me she was single and she works 80 hours a week to get by and she looks forward to coming home every single night and watching me," DeGeneres said. "And that woman's name is Oprah Winfrey, and I think I am doing something right. I love you all, thank you so much for this."
(There may be hope for a humorous
Later, presenter Drew Barrymore, who is expecting her second child with husband Will Kopelman, took the stage to present another award. But first she told the audience that DeGeneres made an unkind comment about her weight backstage.
"Ellen DeGeneres told me I was fat!" Barrymore announced. The joke fell a bit flat for those who didn't realize that Barrymore had put on the weight because she was pregnant, so she attempted to clarify her comments. "But I'm not, it was a joke. It was really funny."
DeGeneres and Barrymore were photographed backstage laughing. The actress is set to appear on "Ellen" on Jan. 15, Us Weekly reported.
Barrymore then presented the favorite comedic movie actor award to her "50 First Dates" costar
"By the way, you do look like you lost weight," he joked.
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