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On Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres said goodbye to her daytime talk show, stating that the show had “forever changed my life.” 

DeGeneres spent the last hour of The Ellen DeGeneres Show talking about the improvement that had been created since the series was launched in 2003, stressing that she “couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show” when it began or mention her wife, Portia de Rossi, due to gay marriage not being legal at the time. 

“Now I say ‘wife’ all the time,” she stated. 

Emphasizing that there was resistance to the series and that some handed it a chance of thriving, DeGeneres vowed that her hiatus wouldn’t be long. 

“Today is not the end of a relationship; it’s more of a little break,” she stated. “You can see other talk shows now.” 

The program created a slideshow of the footage from DeGeneres’ 3,200 episodes, such as her tearfully expressing her gratitude to the audience following a successful taping of the first episode, and other highlights of her career, like hosting the Oscars and being given the Mark Twain Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

The guests in DeGeneres’ show included Jennifer Aniston, who was her first guest when the show was first released. Aniston handed her a welcome mat that says, “Thanks for the memories.” 

The last week saw a visit from Oprah Winfrey, who discussed the show’s homely factor. Other guests were Billie Eilish and Pink. “You help people find their joy,” said Pink, who performed in the show. 

DeGeneres expressed her thanks to her staff, producers, and loyal viewers. 

“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, who outed herself on her ABC sitcom, Ellen, in 1997. 

There were no statements in the last episode that talked about the controversies involving the show over the last few years, such as reports of toxic culture that resulted in DeGeneres apologizing to her staff in 2020. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is distributed by Warner Bros. Television, a Warner Bros. Discovery unit.


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