Los Angeles (AFP) – Ellen DeGeneres wrapped up her nearly two-decade daytime talk show Thursday with a celebrity love and a strong affirmation of her fulfillment as an online gay woman to be herself.
DeGeneres and guests Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish, and Pink shared memories and affection when “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” wrapped up its 3,200-episode Emmy Award-winning show that began in September 2003.
“Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, nobody thought this would work. DeGeneres said of pulling back from TV stations, not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different.
DeGeneres said that when the group show went on air, she was forbidden to say the word “gay” or even the pronoun “we,” because the latter meant she had a partner. It did not specify who punished the ban.
Added DeGeneres, with a touch of defiance, actress Portia de Rossi also watched from a studio audience. They married in 2008.
The host, who was best known for encouraging her audience to join her in impromptu dances, shared some recent moves with her assistant and DJ Stephen Boss “tWitch” to the tune of “Best of My Love.”
The choreographer hailed DeGeneres as someone who inspires others because she has “the courage to go out and be your true self.”
Aniston, who was the first guest on the show’s first episode, arrived giving DeGeneres a “hello” mop, with another written on it, “Thanks for the memories.” DeGeneres noted that the “Friends” star has been on the show a total of 20 times.
“You’re welcome,” Aniston said, sarcastically, and then got serious.
“I love you, and I appreciate you so much and what you have given the world over the past 19 years. She said the contribution is endless. She did a video retrospective of her career path, which also promoted DeGeneres’ charitable efforts, which are said to include more than 400 million dollars in donations to charities and “deserving viewers”.
“I love you,” Eilish beamingly said to DeGeneres during their conversation. “I love you so much, it’s stupid,” said Pink, who performed the song “What About Us.”
DeGeneres’ daytime reign collided seriously in 2020, when the show was allegedly a toxic workplace and three producers walked out amid the allegations. On the air that fall, DeGeneres apologized for “things that shouldn’t have happened,” but she has defended herself as the same real – if imperfect – person on and off camera.
The talk show marks DeGeneres’ second major television work. In 1997, she made an indelible mark When she came out as a lesbian, she brought her character on the ABC sitcom “Eileen” with her. The series was excluded the following year.
“Twenty-five years ago, they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want to be a lesbian prime-time once a week. And I said, ‘Okay, I’ll be in broad daylight every day,'” DeGeneres said Thursday.
The comedian, actress, and producer said she’ll take some time to think about her next career move, but first she and De Rossi take a trip to Rwanda. DeGeneres concluded her daytime show with a plea to her audience, which she said was worth repeating.
“If I’ve done anything in the last 19 years, I hope I’ve inspired you to be your true self. If someone is brave enough to tell you who they are, be brave enough to support them, even if you don’t understand,” DeGeneres said. “By opening your heart and mind, you will be more compassionate, and compassion is what makes the world a better place.”