People’s Choice Awards 2016: Ellen DeGeneres To Be Honored As Favorite Humanitarian

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When Ellen DeGeneres isn’t too busy spooking her guests on her long-running talk show, she’s hard at work using her celebrity status to help make the world a better place. Now, she’s getting some much-deserved recognition for her efforts.

The beloved star will be honored as Favorite Humanitarian at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 6.

“I am so honored to be receiving the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award,” said DeGeneres in a statement. “I think it  sums me up perfectly as I am both a human and an itarian.”

DeGeneres, a 15-time People’s Choice Awards winner, is being recognized as this year’s honoree because of her tireless efforts in helping communities in need and for raising awareness of organizations and charities that are making a difference in people’s lives.

The talk show host has selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the beneficiary of the annual donation presented by Walgreens. Additionally, Walgreens will make a $1 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every CoverGirl, Pantene, Crest, and Oral-B 3DWhite product sold at Walgreens, Walgreens.com, and Duane Reade between January 6 and January 9.

Past recipients of the “Favorite Humanitarian” honor include Ben Affleck in 2015, for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative; Jennifer Hudson in 2014, for her involvement with the Julian D. King Foundation; and Sandra Bullock in 2013, for her work with Warren Easton High School in New Orleans.

People’s Choice Awards 2016 will air live from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on CBS.