In what must be an inspiring moment for problematic bosses everywhere, US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres took home the award for Best Daytime Talk Show at the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards.
The award comes at a rather strange time. The Ellen DeGeneres Show was this year subject to so many toxic workplace allegations, we had to put together this complete timeline to the drama. Both former and current employees of the show reportedly told Buzzfeed News that they regularly dealt with "racism, fear and intimidation", with a later report reporting that show producers engaged in rampant sexual misconduct. Sounds like a nice place.
The allegations led to an investigation and eventually an attempt at an apology from Ellen herself on the season premiere of the show's 18th season (her monologue didn't go down super well with ex-staffers, by the way).
Obviously, Ellen made a point of profusely thanking her staff in her acceptance speech. "Thank you, thank you, thank you. From deep, deep down in my heart, I thank you", she said. "I am not only accepting this award for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make the show possible. They show up every single day, give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time." Watch her full speech below.
Who knew that the People's Choice Awards had such a wicked sense of humour? We can only assume this was a legendary troll on their part. "Hey, let's give ELLEN the best daytime talk show award", we can see one guy chuckling from a darkened board room. "She'll have to make the speech and everything." "Awkwarrddd", chimes in another, followed by a round of corporate high fives.
Yep, pretty sure that's how it would've all gone down.
Ex-staffers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show have yet to publicly respond to the win.
Editor's Note: The author's imagining of the People's Choice Award selection process should not be taken literally. The winners of the People's Choice Awards are actually decided by fans, who were able to place their votes online from October 1, 2020.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter @purpletank