Skooter reporting 10/23/12
Ellen DeGeneres, 54, was hailed by some of the nation's top comedians as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the nation's highest humor prize.
At the Kennedy Center, DeGeneres was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations.
DeGeneres joked as she accepted the prize, saying “thanks to everyone at PBS. I am so happy to be part of your farewell season." Right after, DeGeneres poked at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's plans to stop funding public broadcasting.
Before the show, DeGeneres said she doesn't consider herself as political with her comedy, though, even though she's been a trailblazer. She just want to make people happy and make people laugh, she said.
DeGeneres was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 47th most-powerful woman in the world and her earnings was estimated at $53 million last year.
Past winners include, and Whoopi Goldberg.