On Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres said goodbye to her daytime talk program with a heartfelt farewell, claiming that it had “forever transformed my life.”
DeGeneres began the last hour of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” by addressing the progress made since the show first aired in 2003, noting that she “couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show” or refer to her wife, Portia de Rossi, because she lesbian marriage was illegal at the time.
She confessed, “Now I say ‘wife’ all the time.”
DeGeneres pledged that she wouldn’t be gone for long, despite the show’s opposition and the fact that few people thought it had a chance of surviving. “Today isn’t the end of a romance; rather, it’s a small break,” she explained. “Now you can watch different talk shows.”
The show featured snippets from DeGeneres’ 3,200 episodes, including her, tearfully thanking the audience after taping her first episode, as well as other career highlights including presenting the Oscars and winning the Mark Twain Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Jennifer Aniston, who was DeGeneres’ first guest when the show initially aired, was one of her guests. “Thanks for the memories,” Aniston wrote on a welcome mat. Oprah Winfrey came to speak about the familial component of a long-running show during the final week.
Billie Eilish and Pink were among the other guests. Pink, who also performed, remarked, “You help others find their joy.”
DeGeneres expressed gratitude to her team and producers, as well as her adoring fans. “I hope that if I’ve done anything in the previous 19 years, I’ve inspired you to be yourself — your true, authentic self,” said the comedian, who first appeared on ABC’s “Ellen” in 1997.
In the final episode, there was no mention of any of the recent turmoil surrounding the program, including reports of a toxic culture that caused DeGeneres to apologize to her team in 2020.
Warner Bros. Television, which, like CNN, is a division of Warner Bros. Discovery, distributes “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
On the NBC-owned stations that carry the show, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the three largest TV markets in the US, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” will take DeGeneres’ time slot.
Ellen’s Final Monologue
“No one imagined this would work twenty years ago when we were trying to sell the show. “Not because it was a different kind of show,” DeGeneres explained, “but because I was different.” “I couldn’t say ‘gay’ when we first started the show.”
I wasn’t allowed to use the word ‘gay.’ ‘What are we having for our gay breakfast?’ or ‘Pass the gay salt,’ or ‘Has anyone seen the gay remote?’ are phrases I frequently use at home, but we couldn’t utter ‘gay.’
I couldn’t use the word ‘we’ because it implied that I was with someone. It was impossible to say ‘wife,’ because it was illegal for gay people to marry. Before the camera panned to reveal Portia de Rossi, she stated, “Now I say ‘wife’ all the time.”
A final dance around the studio crowd was then performed, accompanied by longstanding DJ tWitch.
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