Ellen Gets Prized

ELLEN DEGENERES is getting some props. She will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in October.

Her response? Comedic. "To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?"

They've been giving this thing out since 1998. The other recipients were Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal and George Carlin

John Mayer Not Singing In Bozeman On Ellen

Back in March, JOHN MAYER had to cancel a tour because of a continuing vocal cord issue. John said he "had no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing," and would spend his downtime writing his next album.” On "Ellen" yesterday he talked about his voice problems and how those problem's haven't improved. He also mentions that he has been living around Bozeman for the last few years.

On his music John says, "I can't sing so I'm writing. .Iit's a thing in my throat. It's not a health concern whatsoever, but it has taken me out of singing. Tried to beat it the first time and couldn't."

In the interview John talks about intentionally keeping a low profile over the past couple years. "It was a very strange time and it sort of rocketed me into adulthood. It was a violent crash into being an adult. For a couple of years it was just figuring it all out, and I'm glad I actually stayed out of the spotlight.

I just sort of lost my head for a little while. I did some kind of dumb interviews and that woke me up."

I believe that he's referring to "Playboy" and "Rolling Stone" interviews, where he said Jessica Simpson was "sexual napalm" also, dropping the N-word and blamed his split with Jennifer Aniston on his frequent Tweeting. It's good to hear that he found a place physically to put himself so he could put himself mentally back together and find what was truly important to him.

A lot of crazy stories come out of Florida which makes me think that everyone there is crazy. But not the kid in this story. 12-year-old Justin Jackson of Milton, Florida is a hero.

See, on Saturday night, Justin was babysitting his four younger siblings while his mom and dad were at work. A storm came through and knocked out the electricity. For light, the kids lit some candles. Around 2:00 A.M. early Sunday, one of the candles started a house fire. Justin jumped into action. With flames engulfing the house, he singlehandedly rescued every one of his 4 siblings. Getting some out and running back into the burning house three times. Even kicking down the door to his three-year-old sister's room. When the fire department got there, Justin and all four of his siblings were safely outside. The house was a total loss and 2 of the family's 4 dogs were taken by the fire. Justin's mother was working her shift at a nursing home at the time, and his father was in Missouri for work.