The Carol Burnett Award was founded last year during the 76th Golden Globe Awards and was given to its namesake. This year, the award was given to Ellen DeGeneres.

Kate McKinnon, who portrayed Ellen on Global’s Saturday Night Live, was chosen to present the award to DeGeneres.

The speech seemed to be more emotional than DeGeneres expected.

McKinnon fittingly started off with a joke, saying that DeGeneres has given her many clothing items over the years. But then she went on to thank the talk show host for giving her a “sense of self.”

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The SNL star explained, “In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was at the height of its popularity, I was in my mother’s basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking, ‘Am I…gay?’ And I was, And I still am.”

McKinnon finished off her speech by sharing, “…that’s a very scary thing to suddenly know about yourself. It’s sort of like doing 23 and Me and discovering that you have alien DNA. And the only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV.”

From DeGeneres’ reaction, it was clear that the award recipient was shocked and touched by McKinnon’s words.

We love you Ellen and Kate!