End Of An Era: Ellen DeGeneres Finishes Final Show With All-Star Lineup
(USNewsMag.com) – For 19 years, Ellen DeGeneres appeared on millions of television screens across the country. Her daytime talk show was an immediate hit with audiences; she danced onto the stage in 2003 for the first time. Now, the show has come to an end and the final episode was an emotional one.
On May 26, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on NBC aired for the last time. Actress Jennifer Aniston, singer Pink, who wrote the theme song for the show, and singer Billie Eilish joined Ellen as she said goodbye. Aniston told her friend she had a rough time when “Friends” came to an end in 2004, joking that she “got a divorce and went into therapy.” She said she embraced the end as a “completely new chapter.”
In her final monologue, Ellen said the show “forever changed [her] life.” Over the 19 years her show aired, a lot changed. She said when she was trying to sell the idea of the show, not a lot of people wanted to buy it because she was different. As a lesbian, she said she wasn’t even allowed to “say gay” when the show started. Later, when she married her wife, she couldn’t talk about it on air because gay marriage wasn’t legal in all states in the US.
Ellen announced her show was ending in May 2021. The announcement came a year after current and former staffers complained about a toxic work environment on set. The actress turned talk show host apologized to her staff.
The television show aired more than 3,200 episodes and won 64 Daytime Emmy Awards.
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