And, with that, an era of television has come to an end.
On Thursday, May 26, the final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired, almost a month after the installment was actually taped.
The comedian – who has hosted the show for 19 years and has won numerous awards and accolades along the way – welcomed the final guest singers Billy Ilish and Pink to the show, along with close friend Jennifer Aniston.
Despite being upset by reports of a toxic workplace environment around Ellen for the past two years, she stood out and came out to greet.
“Welcome to our last show,” DeGeneres said on stage.
“I moved here 19 years ago, and I said it was the beginning of a relationship. And today is not the end of a relationship. It’s more of a little break. It’s a, ‘You can watch other talk shows now.’
“And I can see other audiences from time to time.”
Ellen, of course, was always great with a joke.
But his reputation took a big hit in mid-2020 when ex-workers gave behind-the-scenes details of all forms of abuse against them.
Multiple producers (who were eventually sent packing) were accused of micro-aggression, hooliganism, racism and sexism.
Ahead of this final episode aired on Thursday, Ellen spoke at length with the Hollywood Reporter about the allegations, most of which she had previously spoken on stage.
“A lot of things happened at that time that were unfortunate but that’s it,” he told the outlet.
“You go through the things of life and you just keep learning and growing. That’s the way I have to look.”
In conclusion, Ellen goes back in time to mention the challenge of selling a talk show with a gay host.
“I thought it would work,” DeGeneres said.
“It’s not that it was a different kind of show, but because I was different.
“Very few stations wanted to buy the show, and here we are, 20 years later, celebrating this amazing journey together.”
“When we started this show, I couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show … I said it at home, a lot. ‘What are we doing for our gay breakfast?’ Or, ‘Homosexual salt passes.’ ‘Has anyone seen the gay remote?’
“Things like that, but we couldn’t say, ‘gay.’ I couldn’t say, ‘we’ because it meant I was with someone.
“Of course I couldn’t say ‘wife’, and that’s because it wasn’t legal to marry homosexuals, and now I say ‘wife’ all the time.”
(The camera was then pulled by Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi, who was sitting in the crowd.)
This is all true.
Tell me what you want about Ellen these days and the false personality she has kept for years, but the star Did Hollywood changes in many ways.
“Twenty-five years ago, they canceled my sitcom because they don’t want a lesbian to be in prime time once a week,” DeGeneres continued.
“And I said, ‘OK, then I’ll be here every day. How are you?’ What a beautiful, beautiful journey we have made together.
“And if this show makes you laugh, if it shows you, when you’re going through some kind of pain, some kind of sadness, anything, then I’ve done my job.”
To wrap up this part of the ending, Ellen said in her monologue:
“Because of this platform, we’ve been able to change people’s lives, and this show has changed my life forever.
“This is my biggest experience, beyond my imagination.
“So, Twitch, like last time, dance with me.”
Aniston later became a guest.
He talks about the demise of Sitcom Friends and how he will continue his career later, prompting the following response from Ellen:
“I know I want to lie down for a while.
“I want to rest, and then I’ll do something again, but I don’t know what it is.”