2011 Greggys: Ellen DeGeneres is Female Star of the Year for being as classy and caring as she is busy
CLASSY: Ellen DeGeneres can add a 2011 Greggy to the Emmy (the sixth!) her daytime talk show won in June and the Teen Choice Award Ellen won for favorite comedian.
It was a stellar year for our Female Star of the Year who not only entertains, but also deeply cares.
This fall, when so many LGBT teen suicides were taking place, Ellen did not remain silent.
“I am devastated over the death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi,” Ellen told her daytime audience in October. “He was outed as being gay on the Internet and he killed himself. … One life lost in this senseless way is tragic.”
Noting the three other deaths that have been reported with gay teens that month, Ellen added, “Something must be done. … This needs to be a wake up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing. We have an obligation to change this.”
A month later, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that Ellen had been appointed as a special AIDS envoy who would be using her high profile to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS around the world.
Ellen’s daytime show is now in its ninth season and more popular than ever as she welcomes the biggest stars in the world as her guests, looks for new talent, and continues to dance her way into our hearts.
Miss DeGeneres also had her newest book, Seriously … I”m Kidding released this fall and she and wife Portia de Rossi have an NBC comedy pilot in the works that will star Portia and be executive produced by Ellen.