Golden Globes 2020: Kate McKinnon thanks Ellen DeGeneres for making it 'less scary' to leave

Like actor Kate McKinnon television presenter held Ellen Degeneres with the Carol Burnett Prize at the 77 Golden Globes, thanked him for making it easier for people in the entertainment industry to open up about their sexuality.

In an emotional tribute, McKinnon said that the moment DeGeneres became famous for being gay in his comedy in 1997 had a profound impact on her as a teenager.

In 1997, when Ellen's sitcom was in full swing, I was in my mother's basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking: 'Am I gay?' And it was. And I still am. And the only thing that made him less frightening was watching Ellen on television. He risked all his life and his entire career to tell the truth and suffered a lot for it.

Of course, attitudes change, but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire to make them change. And if I had not seen it on television, I would have thought: 'I can never be on television, they do not do it' I do not let LGBTQ people on television ', and more than that, I would have continued to think that I was an alien and that Maybe I didn't even have the right to be here, so thanks, Ellen, for giving me a shot, McKinnon said.

Carol Burnett Award is given to someone who has made outstanding contributions to the television medium.

The Golden Globes ceremony, organized by Ricky Gervais , took place in Beverly Hills.