The peo­ple have spo­ken, says Ellen

De­lighted DeGeneres scoops three more awards

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ELLEN DeGeneres made his­tory as she picked up three gongs at the 2017 Peo­ple’s Choice Awards, bring­ing her to­tal to 20 over­all.

The 58-year-old tele­vi­sion host tri­umphed in the Favourite Day­time TV Host, Favourite Comedic Col­lab­o­ra­tion and Favourite An­i­mated Movie Voice cat­e­gories at the cer­e­mony in Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day night.

Justin Tim­ber­lake was on hand to present the awards to DeGeneres, be­fore be­ing joined on stage by 20 well-dressed men hold­ing each of her Peo­ple’s Choice Awards.

He said: “Tonight her Peo­ple’s Choice Awards to­tal hits 20! I don’t know how that’s pos­si­ble! Let’s bring them all out… Ladies and gentle­men, win­ning tonight for Favourite Day­time TV Host, Favourite Comedic Col­lab­o­ra­tion, Favourite An­i­mated Movie Voice, she’s the most dec­o­rated win­ner in Peo­ple’s Choice his­tory.

“She is one of my very good friends; I love her very much. She’s one of the best peo­ple on this planet and no one is more de­serv­ing. The one and only Ellen DeGeneres.”

And when DeGeneres – whose movie Find­ing Dory also took home the Favourite Movie and Favourite Family Movie gongs – took to the stage, her ac­cep­tance speech was lit­tered with jokes about mashed pota­toes and an­i­mals.

She told the crowd: “Wow, thank you very, very much, and Justin, you are very un­der­dressed. You know I was driv­ing here tonight on the 101, filled with peo­ple; I got here like sec­onds be­fore it started and I was think­ing, I love mashed pota­toes. Don’t you love mashed pota­toes? I should have them more of­ten, es­pe­cially when they’re creamy and have no lumps in them.

“This is amaz­ing – 20 is ... 17, I get it, 18, sure, 19, I can see it. But 20, this is out­ra­geous. This is re­ally some­thing that means more to me be­cause it comes from the peo­ple. And ev­ery­body keeps thank­ing the peo­ple and it’s re­dun­dant, but you are the peo­ple who are re­spon­si­ble for me be­ing up there, so I say ‘thank you, peo­ple’. The only thing that would make me hap­pier, and not a lot hap­pier be­cause this makes me very happy, is if this was voted by an­i­mals.”

Tyler Perry picked up the award for Favourite Hu­man­i­tar­ian. Com­ing on stage to a stand­ing ova­tion, Perry said: “When I look at the state of the world and the state of our coun­try and ev­ery­thing that is go­ing on, it is im­por­tant that we know how­ever dark it gets, and we all have to be a light for each other.”

Johnny Depp won Favourite Movie Icon and Robert Downey Jr was voted Favourite Ac­tion Movie Ac­tor.

WIN­NING SMILE: Ellen DeGeneres now has 20 awards.

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