Carol Burnett: "Does this mean I get to accept it every year?" the comedy icon joked upon stepping to the mic to accept the first Carol Burnett Award, a new TV special achievement award created by the HFPA in her honor.
She went on to reflect on her decades-long career in showbiz. "My first love growing up was in the movies. I'd see as many as six to eight films a week with my grandmother who raised me, and then later, when I was a teenager, we got our first television set, and then I had a new love," she began. "But regardless of the medium, what fascinated me was the way the stars on the screen could make people laugh or cry or sometimes both, and I wished and I hoped that maybe, just maybe, someday I could have the chance to do the same thing."
"We've been granted a gift, a canvas to paint with our talent, one that can make people laugh or cry or maybe do both," she continued. "So this award, oh, my gosh, so generously named after me, is dedicated to all those who made my dreams come true and to all those out there who share the love I have for television, and who yearn to be part of this unique medium that has been so good to me. I'm just happy our show happened when it did and that I can look back and say once more, 'I am so glad we had this time together.'" (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)