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Ellen DeGeneres prepares for her last show: She was crying

For the two weeks leading up to the end of her long-running talk show, Ellen DeGeneres was emotional, sources told Page Six.

“Eileen was crying a lot,” a source told Page Six. “The few weeks leading up to the final were very emotional.”

At Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, which I called nearly 20 years ago, DeGeneres, 64, filmed the final episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on April 28. The latest show, which airs May 26, features A-list guests, including Jennifer Aniston and Pink – both of whom appeared on the first episode on September 8, 2003. Billie Eilish, Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake, and Zac Efron have also attended the past few shows.

But while DeGeneres was sad to see the end of her 19-year career, she didn’t want to go out with a bang. There was no red carpet for her last show, as some who knew her wanted.

A billboard promoting the final season of
A billboard promoting the final season of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” off the set of Warner Bros., where it was filmed nearly 20 years ago.
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She wanted to go out quietly,” a high-profile TV source told Page Six. “They were friends and family of the actors and crew from the audience.”

“Eileen — 100 percent — did it on her own terms. She went the way she wanted to. There was no dryness in the house the last day,” another source who knows DeGeneres said. In fact, ‘Friends’ icon Aniston started crying as soon as she walked in. On set and hugged DeGeneres.

DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, 49, has been on standby in the last two weeks to support her, as have many of the comedian’s friends and brother Vance DeGeneres.

Among DeGeneres' eventual guests are politicians, Oscar winners and major musical stars, including acting legend - and fellow interior design aficionado - Diane Keaton.
Among DeGeneres’ eventual guests are politicians, Oscar winners and major musical stars, including acting legend – and fellow interior design aficionado – Diane Keaton.
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DeGeneres became famous as a gay on the sitcom “Ellen” 25 years ago. Her talk show was similarly groundbreaking. After a scandal That almost made her quit in 2020, an industry insider who knows DeGeneres said: “People forget that this was a culture-changing show.

When Elaine started the show, the studio told her ‘You can’t say ‘we’ when you’re talking about your girlfriend, ‘that’s what she was dealing with at first.

“No one thought the show was going to air, even selling it at first was very difficult. She always wanted to go into 19 seasons, and had people who depend on her for a living… She’s been going for those two years. But it’s been a great run.”

Actress Jennifer Aniston appeared in the first episode of the show in 2003 and will also appear at the end of it.
Actress Jennifer Aniston appeared in the first episode of the show in 2003 and will also appear at the end of it.
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DeGeneres announced her exit last May. Came 10 months after Buzzfeed News Gallery Detailed allegations of Sam’s workplace at Elaine Group. Employees have claimed they have been prevented from speaking directly to DeGeneres, and the star has been criticized for not taking responsibility for the welfare of her workers. “If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the title of the show, she has to be more involved to see what happens,” said a former employee.

A former employee also told the site that they experienced racism while working on the show, which has won more than 60 Emmy Awards since it first aired in 2003.

Others accused executive producer Ed Glavin – who former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” producer Hoda Musk called DeGeneres’ “barking dog” – of inappropriate contact, intimidation and fear. Executive producer Kevin Lyman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees.

DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi have been married since 2008.
DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi have been married since 2008.
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Lyman denied “any kind of sexual wrongdoing,” and Norman said he “totally denies these allegations 100%.” Glavin did not respond to the allegations.

But Eileen pointed them out.

On her season 18 premiere a year after the allegations surfaced, she told viewers, “I’ve learned that things happen here and should never happen. I take that very seriously. And I want to say I’m very sorry for the people who have been affected.”

The lead up to deGeneres' final episodes focused on the show's major milestones—particularly around the host's outstanding philanthropic efforts.
The lead up to deGeneres’ final episodes focused on the show’s major milestones—particularly around the host’s outstanding philanthropic efforts.
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After an internal investigation by the producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Warner Bros., Glavin Lyman and Norman were fired. Ratings have dropped significantly in the 2020-2021 season compared to the previous season, from 2.6 million viewers to 1.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen. But the current farewell season has been boosted by its star-studded guests.

In an interview withToday’s co-presenter Savannah Guthrie to Confirm her exitDeGeneres admitted that she considered quitting in 2020, adding that she “really thought about not coming back because it was devastated.”

Did she want to quit when [scandal] It happened? Yes, she didn’t want to go back and film even in September 2020, but she knew she had to end the show entirely. The TV insider said, “She loves her team and she loves the show.

“The Ellen deGeneres Show” won over 60 Emmy Awards during its run.
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Coming out after 19 makes sense because he “likes ‘1’ – it indicates the beginning and ‘9’ indicates the end.” The source added that she didn’t feel like she had to turn 20.

DeGeneres—who has hosted more than 4,000 guests, played more than 2,000 games, and given nearly half a billion dollars to viewers and those in need—celebrated the show’s end at a Hollywood party with only the crew and friends—and no celebrities—invited.

Insiders say the intimate atmosphere was typical for Elaine. “When you look back at all the things you’ve done for people over the past 19 years, it’s powerful.

Another source who knows her said: “The most important thing for Elaine over the past few weeks and everyone on the team is showing the family that this show is – and that’s how the emotion came from their feeling of togetherness.”

Last month, DeGeneres celebrated 25 years since appearing on her talk show. She married De Rossi in August 2008, when same-sex marriage was legalized in California. They live in Montecito, California, where real estate addicts have flipped over 15 homes. Most recently, in February, they spent on a $21 million Montecito home called Villa Tragara.

DeGeneres spoke about her sexuality, telling viewers, “When I came out, people warned me it was going to ruin my career, and they were right for a while. In fact, for exactly three years, I lost my career. But look at me now.”

DeGeneres has been known for her antics in front of the camera, including the recent episode in which star Adele was shown cheating employees at a Jamba Juice location in Los Angeles.
DeGeneres has been known for her antics in front of the camera, including the recent episode in which star Adele was shown cheating employees at a Jamba Juice location in Los Angeles.

“It really shows you how important it is to be who you really are, and how important it is to accept others as their authentic selves,” she continued. “So it’s been 25 years since our next episode, and the only time I’m in the closet now is when Portia and I play hide and seek.”

There were 270 employees on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” when DeGeneres said goodbye to the final episode, and according to those on set, she paid tribute to them. And praise her too. You have paid millions of bonuses to employees, such as I mentioned page six.

Kalen Allen, who became a regular after her food reaction videos caught DeGeneres’ attention, chirp: “Before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, I was a college student with five jobs, a desire to be great, and $100 to my name. This place turned my life upside down in three months. It wasn’t just a job or 15 minutes of fame for me.”

Noah Ritter, also known as
Noah Ritter, a.k.a. “Baby Apparent,” co-starred on The DeGeneres Show, which only cemented his youthful moment of fame.

next month, DeGeneres going to RwandaIn February, she founded the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The Ellen Fund’s initial goal was to help secure a future for wild mountain gorillas by building the Dian Fossey Trust a permanent home.

She’ll be taking 20 friends and colleagues on an all-expenses-paid trip to the campus for the first time. Those who know her are quick to stress that she quietly gives away millions of her money to those in need.

Sources said DeGeneres has another stave show she wants to film for Netflix Her 2018 special ‘Relatable’ was a huge hit – and she’s getting back to acting on the table in earnest. The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” digital broadcast, operated by Ellen Digital Ventures, will continue with games and all of their social content.

In an Instagram post on April 29, DeGeneres wrote: “When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist. Social media didn’t exist. Same-sex marriage wasn’t legal.

One of the last episodes of the show featured former first lady Michelle Obama participating in a nudist art class.
One of the last episodes of the show featured former first lady Michelle Obama participating in a nudist art class.

“We’ve watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But whatever happens, my goal has always been for the show to be a place where we can all come together and laugh for an hour.”

DeGeneres continued to thank viewers for letting her into their living rooms, iPhones, and social media feeds as the years progressed. She wrote that it was the “greatest privilege” of her life. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

On saying goodbye: A source who knows DeGeneres said, “It’s been tough…She’s sad to leave her team, but she’s ready to leave her show.

“Eileen is in a great place… It was a hard ride, but she learned a lot. I wouldn’t bet on her.”

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