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Ellen DeGeneres reflects on her run as a daytime talk show host ahead of her eventual signing.
The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” has appeared on television sets for 19 seasons and over 3,200 episodes. Now the comedian is officially saying goodbye after nearly 20 years on the air when her final episode airs on Thursday. DeGeneres has announced her show will end in 2021 after a year of brutal headlines involving a toxic workplace scandal.
In a new interview, DeGeneres, 64, said she didn’t feel as emotional about ending her situation as she did months ago when she was still taping episodes in late April. , telling The Hollywood Reporter that since knowing a season her curtain call was coming, she was doing her best to “absorb it all” as the days dwindled.
“It’s funny because the last two months I was more emotional than I was the last week or two,” DeGeneres told the publication. “I got very emotional about two months later, but last week I wasn’t because I really wanted to enjoy it. I was working with [former monk] Jay Shetty a lot too, to be present and I was. I was very present for it all.”
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In fact, the “Relatable” singer insisted it was the emotion of the parade of guests making their final appearances on the show that surprised her, describing the sentiment as “flattering” given that they had “really had fun on my show”.
“For people like Zac Efron to get emotional – I mean, he really cried, but there’s so many people who grew up on the show and so that [response] was very flattering,” she explained.[Doing press] is a necessary evil in this profession. You do a job and then you have to go out and talk about it, and people ask questions over and over again, and I come to this side of the business and I was always like, “How can I make it better, a more fun experience for the people?”
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DeGeneres went on to say that although she thinks she made the “right choice” in ending her show, the funny woman admitted that “a few months later…I was crying every day.”
“I was really emotional, even though it was my choice, and it’s the right choice. I knew it was time to end this chapter and do something different, but it was still very emotional “, DeGeneres lamented, adding, “I don’t want the last two weeks to be about that.”
“I was meditating every day on my intention and how much I wanted to be present and enjoy it and I wanted it for the public as well,” she continued. “I wanted people to remember what we brought to TV with music and games and everything. It was more of a variety show than anything, and I wanted the last two weeks to be purely fun because I struggle with anxiety and depression. and I know how important it is to escape. We are reminded every day of what is going on in the world, whether it is a sick limb family, wars, fires or global warming. There are so many different things that make you sad.”
As for what she’s going to do next, DeGeneres said she’s heeding the advice of her close friend, Oprah Winfrey — who warned DeGeneres against jumping into her next gig so quickly — that this either as an actor or not. DeGeneres will also lead her production arms Ellen Digital Ventures and A Very Good Production.
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“She said I wouldn’t really feel it until September when I would normally be back. [into production]”said DeGeneres, who still owes Netflix another stand-up special. The host also praised Winfrey as “obviously a very wise woman, and one of the wisest things she has ever had for me. learned is to make a margarita, always use fresh lime, never bottled lime. So I will always remember that.”
DeGeneres began Season 18 of her show by addressing the toxic work environment accusations and sexual misconduct allegations on the show that plagued the host’s reputation in 2020.
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“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I heard that things happened here that should never have happened,” she began.
“I take this very seriously, and I want to say that I am truly sorry for the people who have been affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I have realized that with this comes responsibility. , and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.
“It’s ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. I’m Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on the underwear,” the host joked. “We’ve had a lot of conversations over the past few weeks about the show, where we work, and what we want for the future. We’ve made the necessary changes, and today we’re starting a new chapter. .”
Explosive accusations rocked the series for several months, culminating in several testimonials from former employees about sexually inappropriate behavior by displaced producers. A producer was also reportedly at the heart of complaints about poor workplace culture.
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