I'm starting with a quote.
It'll make sense in a second.
I've never, ever watched Mr. Rogers' neighbourhood.
I grew up in Australia, didn't even know what Mr. Rogers was all about.
I wept like a baby watching that documentary, 'Won't You Be My Neighbour?'
And I wrote this down as I got to this point and I was crying, I was stopping the recording so I could write it down.
Mr. Rogers said and this was at a commencement speech or a graduation speech, I'm not sure which.
'From the time you were little, people have smiled you into smiling.
People have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving.
People have helped you all along the way.
Some of them may be right here, some of them may be far away.
Some of them may even be in heaven.
But deep down, you have always known they wanted what was better.
They wanted what was best for you.
They've cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you.'
I heard this quote.
I wrote it down and the speech that I was writing for this, I ripped up because I didn't come into this business.
My first job was 26.
I did not come in fully formed.
I always feel that I'm a work in progress and there is no, absolutely, I promise you no way I would be standing on this stage with this extraordinary honor if it wasn't for the many, many people.
So, Mr. Rogers, I'm not going to thank everybody.
Don't worry everyone, I'm not going to thank everybody.
But I am going to thank the people that are here tonight.
And I'm just going to be upfront with you, this is going to be long. It's going to be long.
It's going to be longer than it should.
I've hosted the Oscars, the Tony awards four times.
I know what makes a great speech.
And this is going to be too long.
I'm going to do all the things you're not meant to do.
I'm going to list names.
Yes, my lawyer is included in that because he's the greatest.
Yeah Salone, and he's my friend.
I'm going to do a lot of the things you're not meant to do, but there's no orchestra gonna play me off.
So, sorry, you have to deal with it.
But I'm down to three very important people.
I'm going to mention Kirk Douglas, who Deb and I were, yeah, we were lucky to have morning tea with Kirk and his wife and this morning.
I met Kirk when I was doing a play and I have a rule when I do theater, I never go out afterwards.
It's a blanket rule because I don't really know how to say no to some people.
So, I decide, I don't go out with anyone.
So, word got back to me from my assistant, I told Kirk Douglas that you're not going to go out with him after the show.
I said, you what, you told who?
He said, oh yeah, Kirk's coming to the show this weekend.
And he wanted to go out to dinner with you and I told no.
I said, right.
I'd really like you to call Kirk, who was 95 years of age and tell him, I just might be able to muster up enough energy to go out and have dinner with him that night.
As a young actor, I used to listen to a tape, a cassette tape as I drove to my acting school each day, back and forth.
And I listened to his story that was being narrated.