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Ellen DeGeneres Idolised!

Posted by on October 25, 2012 at 5:39 PM EST

The career of funnywoman Ellen DeGeneres was honored earlier this week as the star accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. It is only received by those artists deemed to have made a real commitment to comedy in the US.

Celebrity peers like Sean Hayes and Jane Lynch honored DeGeneres for her achievements, and praised her for coming out as gay a decade and a half ago.

The 54-year-old shot to fame doing stand-up comedy, and launched a popular daytime talk show, now in its tenth season, after being the star of two situation comedies.

Previous recipients of the award include Billy Crystal, Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and Richard Pryor.

DeGeneres, a former judge on hit reality show American Idol, used the occasion to make a joking reference to Mitt Romney’s comment from the first presidential debate that he would cut funding for PBS, which airs the Kennedy Center prize ceremony on October 30.

“Thanks to everyone at PBS – I’m pleased to be part of your farewell season,” she quipped.

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