Ellen DeGeneres bid a tearful goodbye to her daytime talk show on Thursday, saying the show had “changed my life forever”.
DeGeneres opened the final hour of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” by discussing the progress that had been made since the show’s inception in 2003, noting that she “couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show” when she started. or refer to his wife, Portia de Rossi, because same-sex marriage was not legal.
“Now I say ‘woman’ all the time,” she said.
Noting that there was resistance to the show and that few gave her a chance to survive, DeGeneres promised she wouldn’t be gone for long. “Today isn’t the end of a relationship, it’s more of a little break,” she said. “You can see other talk shows now.”
The program incorporated clips from DeGeneres’ 3,200 episodes, including her tearful thanks to the audience after taping her first episode, as well as other career highlights, such as hosting the Oscars and receiving the Mark Award. Twain and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
– Source: CNN Business
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DeGeneres’ guests included Jennifer Aniston, who was her first guest when the show debuted. Aniston gave her a welcome mat that read, “Thanks for the memories.” The final week included a visit from Oprah Winfrey, who spoke about the family aspect of a long-running show.
The other guests were Billie Eilish and Pink. “You help people find their joy,” said Pink, who also performed.
DeGeneres thanked her staff and producers, as well as her loyal audience. “If I’ve done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I’ve inspired you to be yourself — your true, authentic self,” said the comic, which came out on its ABC sitcom, ” Ellen” in 1997.
There was no mention in the latest episode of the controversy that has sprung up about the show in recent years, including reports of a toxic culture that prompted DeGeneres to issue an apology to her staff in 2020.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is distributed by Warner Bros. Television, which, like CNN, is a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show” will air in the DeGeneres timeslot on NBC-owned stations that carry the program, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the three largest television markets in the United States.
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