Latest Ellen DeGeneres Show: Jennifer Aniston Jokes About Brad Pitt Divorce, Pink Performs & More

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Ellen DeGeneres delivered her last show Thursday after 19 years.

The comedian opened the series finale with a montage of her previous show entries over the years before going into her monologue and reflecting on the societal progress she thinks the world has made when it comes to community. LGBTQ+ which DeGeneres has long been a part of. .

“20 years ago when we were trying to sell the show, nobody thought it would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different,” DeGeneres said. “When we started this show, I couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show. I wasn’t allowed to say ‘gay.’ what do we eat for gay breakfast?'”

“We couldn’t say ‘gay’. I couldn’t say ‘we’ because that implied I was with someone,” DeGeneres continued. “I certainly couldn’t say ‘woman’, and that’s because it wasn’t legal for gay people to marry, and now I say ‘woman’ all the time.”

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Ellen DeGeneres signed "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for the last time after 19 years on the air.
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Ellen DeGeneres has left “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for the last time after 19 years on the air.
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The camera then cut to DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, 49, who was seated in the audience during the show’s final taping.

“Twenty-five years ago they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian to be on prime time once a week. I said, ‘Okay, then I’ll be in day every day. And that?” she added. added through tears before calling out his longtime friend and co-executive producer Stephen “tWitch” Boss, 39, “for the last time, dance with me.”

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“If you don’t mind me saying that, your show is a reflection of what the world really looks like. Not what’s in the headlines,” Boss lamented. “You look and you see people of different colors, shapes, creeds, whatever, all showing love to one another. It’s been 19 years, and we thank you for that.”

DeGeneres, 64, then brought in her first guest, actress Jennifer Aniston. Aniston, 53, was DeGeneres’ inaugural guest at the show’s premiere Sept. 8, 2003. Aniston’s Thursday show marked her 20th appearance on “Ellen.”

Jennifer Aniston and Ellen DeGeneres remember the "Friends" alum's very first appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" as the show's inaugural guest.

Jennifer Aniston and Ellen DeGeneres recall the “Friends” alum’s very first appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as the show’s inaugural guest.
(Michael Rozman and Sarah Haas/Warner Bros.)

Aniston joked that she and the comedian were “setting the tone” for the future with their conversation about how to set the toilet roll – above or below.”

DeGeneres dwelt on how she dealt with the conclusion of “Friends” after 10 seasons in 2004.

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“Well, I got divorced and went to therapy. And then I did a movie called ‘The Breakup,'” Aniston said, apparently referring to her divorce from Brad Pitt. “I just leaned on the end.”

After asking for suggestions on what she should do after the show ended, Aniston said she would love for DeGeneres to get back to doing stand-up comedy – which DeGeneres said she would definitely return to onstage. . DeGeneres released her Netflix special “Relatable” in 2018 and owes the streamer another deliverable.

Jennifer Aniston has said she would love for DeGeneres to get back to doing stand-up comedy — which DeGeneres said she would definitely return to onstage.  DeGeneres released her "Reliable" Special Netflix in 2018 and owes the streamer one more deliverable.

Jennifer Aniston has said she would love for DeGeneres to get back to doing stand-up comedy — which DeGeneres said she would definitely return to onstage. DeGeneres released her Netflix special “Relatable” in 2018 and owes the streamer another deliverable.
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Aniston then gave DeGeneres a parting gift: a welcome mat that read, “Thanks for the memories.” It was a reference to Aniston’s welcome mat she gave Ellen at the time.

DeGeneres joked that in her life after the show, she expects to have a hard time not speaking in five-minute bursts before launching into a commercial break.

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DeGeneres brought in Billie Eilish as her second guest. The 20-year-old ‘Bad Guy’ singer debuted on the show in 2018 at the age of 16 and told the host she was “so scared” she remembered the moment.

“You started this show the year after I was born. It was constantly in my house. Every day. I would walk into the kitchen and my mom would watch you.”

Billie Eilish makes her final appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Her first appearance was in 2018 when Eilish was just 16 years old.

Billie Eilish makes her final appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. Her first appearance was in 2018 when Eilish was just 16 years old.
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“I love you Ellen, how are you?” Eilish asked the host. After brief jokes in which Eilish explained that she still felt nervous about appearing on the show even on its last airdate, DeGeneres said that after years of calming her nerves, she was looking for the feeling of nervousness one might feel when experiencing something for the first time. weather.

DeGeneres would feature Pink as the show’s final interview and musical guest.

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“I love you so much, it’s silly,” Pink told the host.

“It’s a very strange feeling for me because I’ve known you for so long, and you’ve meant so much to my life, personally, but to everyone’s life,” the ‘Truth About Love’ rock star said. “, 42 years old. . “I wanted to be a singer because I wanted to grow and change the world and make it a better place. You guys did it in so many ways. Maybe I help people find their pain. You help people find their pain. find their joy. And we need them so badly in this world.”

Pink and Ellen DeGeneres reflect on their wild times on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Pink made her first appearance in 2003 and received a skateboard and a bicycle from the talk show host.

Pink and Ellen DeGeneres reflect on their crazy days on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Pink made her first appearance in 2003 and received a skateboard and a bicycle from the talk show host.
(Michael Rozman and Sarah Haas/Warner Bros.)

“You gave me a skateboard. You gave me a bike made for two, I almost killed you. Look at that body,” Pink joked after watching a video of what she looked like when she made its first appearance in 2003.

Pink gave Ellen a homemade sourdough starter, birding binoculars, and giant knitting needles and yarn.

“I can teach you how to knit,” she told DeGeneres before the show headed into another commercial break. After her return, Pink performed “What About Us”.

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DeGeneres went on to express her thanks to everyone who has been involved in making the show happen over the years.

“I want to thank my staff and crew once again, but most of all, I want to thank Mary [Connelly]Andy [Lassner] and Craig [Peralta]“, DeGeneres said of her executive producers and longtime chief of staff during her final signing.

DeGeneres told the audience, “If I’ve done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I’ve inspired you to be yourself. Your true, authentic self. And if anyone’s brave enough for you say who they are, be brave enough to support them, even if you don’t understand. They show you who they are, and that’s the greatest gift anyone can ever give you. And by opening your heart and your spirit, you are going to be this much more compassionate. And compassion is what makes the world a better place. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me.

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“I feel the love and I send it back to you,” she added. “Goodbye.”

DeGeneres announced the end of her show in 2021 after a year of brutal headlines involving toxic workplace scandal. She began her show’s final season by addressing accusations of a toxic work environment and allegations of sexual misconduct during the show which undermined the reputation of the host in 2020.

“I take this very seriously and want to say I’m so sorry to those affected,” she said in part. “I know I’m in a position of privilege and power and I’ve realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show.”

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