Kick-Ass Chick Of The Week: ‘SNL”s Kate McKinnon Impersonates Ellen…On ‘Ellen’ [Video]

Among the mighty feats that MTV’s Girl Code” accomplishes is empowering its viewers to laugh off their insecurities and embrace their inner superstar. There’s a kick-ass chick in all of us, so each week, we’re shining the spotlight on one newsworthy woman who deserves a standing ovation. And some cake. Cake is good. Take a look at our latest pick!

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Kate McKinnon puts on her dancing Chucks as Ellen on “SNL.”

“Girl Code” dictates that imitation — unless it goes into “Single White Female” territory — is the sincerest form of flattery, so we’d imagine that when Ellen DeGeneres got wind of Kate McKinnon‘s spot-on ”Saturday Night Live” impersonation, she’d never felt more honored. Once Kate puts on the trademark sneaks and wig, she literally transforms into the daytime talk show host, but that’s not what makes her this week’s kick-ass chick. It’s the fact that Kate had the cojones to do her imitation right in front of her inspiration when she was a guest on ”Ellen“ earlier this week.

“I’m gonna give you an outfit, and you’re gonna come out later on [as me],” Ellen tells Kate as a stagehand surprises her with a navy sweater/jeans combo in the clip below. ”I will treasure this forever!” Kate responds, and rushes backstage to change. When she returns, Ellen meets her late-night doppelgänger face to face, and the two participate in the weirdest game of mirror we’ve ever seen (all while Kate miraculously keeps a straight face).

We’ve also got to hand an honorable mention to the real Ellen, because without her infinite compassion and ability to take a good joke, we’d never have been able to witness such a glorious interaction. Check out the whole thing:

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Photo: NBC