What an honor! Our favorite J.C. Penney spokesperson, Ellen DeGeneres is receiving one of the country’s greatest honors!
Ellen will be receiving the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
More after the jump.
Ellen will be honored on Oct. 22 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A tribute show headlined by star performers will be recorded and broadcast at a later date.
Ellen joins a list of honorees that includes, Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell. With that in mind, she asks, “Why didn’t I get this sooner?”
The groundbreaking comedienne changed television and popular culture when she came out both in character and in life, via her sitcom, Ellen, and a TIME magazine cover in 1997.
She currently hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the daytime talk show which just received 12 Daytime Emmy nominations.
The Mark Twain prize honors people who have an impact on society in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, better known as Twain, as a social commentator and satirist. DeGeneres works in that same tradition.
An executive producer for the Mark Twain Prize show and a Kennedy Center board member, Cappy McGarr says, "This has nothing to do with any political issue, but she's brilliantly shined a light on society, and that's what Mark Twain did."