Ellen's epic White House mannequin challenge

Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks perform the mannequin challenge in the White House
Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks perform the mannequin challenge in the White House

US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres made her visit to the White House memorable - after being denied entry at first, she pulled off perhaps the greatest mannequin challenge yet once inside.

The 58-year-old Ellen star was scheduled to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday (local time), but claimed to have difficulty gaining entry to the US Presidential residence after forgetting to bring identification.

Once inside, she took part in the current internet craze of having a group of people standing still while being filmed - this particular group including fellow honourees Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Redford and Bruce Springsteen.

"I'm in," she captioned the video on Twitter, in reference to her earlier ID woes.

The US Medal of Freedom award is the highest honour the nation can bestow upon a civilian.

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