Ellen DeGeneres Gets Emotional As She Tapes Her Last Show
Ellen DeGeneres, 64, is saying farewell to her comedic talk show after nearly 20 years on air.
Comedian/television host Ellen DeGeneres has hosted her syndicated television talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” from 2003 to 2022. Ellen DeGeneres and her staff taped their last episode for the series on April 28, wrapping up the talk show after filming 19 seasons.
During DeGeneres’ final months of airing, she reportedly became really emotional on a daily basis, even though she’s content with her decision to end the long-running talk show.
According to an insider who was at the taping, DeGeneres’ was brought to “happy” tears because of everything she and her staff were able to achieve over the last two decades. The insider shared:
“Her mood during the last two weeks was very crying, but a happy cry. All her crying was nothing but gratitude for what we had accomplished together. The sadness was that she wasn’t going to get to see her staff every day.”
The source added:
“The entire staff has been texting with her. Everyone misses her.”
The source noted that the entire studio was in tears, including longtime crew members following the dimming of the studio lights. They said:
“These kind of burly men really being emotional and crying and grateful for Ellen for providing them with a life that allowed them to send their kids to high school, college and have houses. It was just amazing to see.”
Looks like DeGeneres and her staff are mutually in a good place after facing toxic workplace allegations in July 2020. As previously reported, the talk show host and her staff were accused of running a toxic environment of racism, sexual harassment, and bullying on set.
The detailed allegations taking place behind the scenes were documented based on interviews with 36 former staffers. As a result, Warner Bros. conducted an internal investigation which led to the firing of 3 of the show’s producers.
After months of negative workplace allegations, DeGeneres announced she would be bowing out from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last year. Despite the consistent bad press, DeGeneres ultimately decided to end the show because it’s just “not a challenge anymore.” She told The Hollywood Reporter:
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s” final send-off will air this week on Thursday, May 26.
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