Humble and gracious as always, DeGeneres thanked the crowd for the support, but insisted former The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell deserved a statue, instead:
I liked what she did. This was the year she should have won. I wanted to acknowledge Rosie because she has done a lot. … I don’t know who should replace her but I don’t think it should be Paris Hilton. That would not work
Some would chalk DeGeneres’ kind words up to a queer camaraderie, but The Price Is Right‘s former host Bob Barker also spent some time praising Rosie.
Speaking after DeGeneres presented him with the award for best game show from DeGeneres, Barker said he supports The Price‘s producers probing Rosie as replacement…
I believe they’re going to have a meeting with Rosie. There’s no doubt in my mind she could do the show. Now, whether they want a lady host, I don’t know. As far as I know, they’ve only auditioned men.
Unfortunately, O’Donnell didn’t make the awards. She did, however, use her blog post a sappy slide show of her time on The View. Maybe she’s starting to regret going out like such a stink bomb?
DeGeneres, meanwhile, had more to say about Paris Hilton:
…If she really was playing dumb, than what does that say about our society that we’re celebrating someone who was successful because they’re not smart?
I just think it’s a bad sign and she shouldn’t contribute to that. It’s just amazing if that was an act the whole time.
Hopefully, she means what she says. I hope she is reading good books and I hope she comes out and changes her life a little because she needed to.
Oh Ellen, you’re such a mensch. We’re so proud of your your accomplishments, we’d like to present you – and our readers – with this gallery of your Emmy appearance…