Interview with Ellen DeGeneres on the last episode of the talk show, What’s Next – The Hollywood Reporter

After 19 seasons and over 3,200 episodes, Ellen DeGeneres expected to come out.

And even though she picked her last week of shows in late April, the ending wasn’t even beginning when she spoke to The Hollywood Reporter A week before the end of the series The The Ellen DeGeneres Show air.

In many ways, DeGeneres says it feels like it’s simply at the start of another summer vacation. Her longtime friend Oprah Winfrey, who has been around, told her the feeling was normal. “She said I won’t feel it until September, when I usually come back [into production]DeGeneres, whose final show airs May 26, features the return of its first guest, Jennifer Aniston, along with Pink, who wrote the theme song for the Emmy-winning show.

Over the past year or so, Winfrey has also advised DeGeneres to take some much-needed time and not jump so quickly into her next job as Winfrey once did. So, the former sitcom star will do her best to sit back, travel and take stock of what’s next, whether it’s a movie, another documentary, or a stand-up tour. Contractually, the comedian who’s back on stand after 15 years with a special title relatively In 2018, he had a second hour hiatus on Netflix at one point. In the meantime, she’ll travel to Rwanda, where she will celebrate the opening of her 12-acre science and education campus and its focus on saving wild mountain gorillas.

But first, DeGeneres, who will continue with both Ellen Digital Ventures and A Very Good Production, has opened up about the “extremely difficult” period in its show after public allegations of a bad workplace and “crying every day” end of the show. Elaine near.

Was this last week of shows emotional in the way you expected, or did you find yourself surprised at the effect it had on you?

I knew this season was going to be my last season, so I really tried to take it all in. And it’s funny because in the last couple of months I’ve been more emotional than I’ve been in the last week or two. I got really emotional after a couple of months, but last week I wasn’t because I really wanted to enjoy it. I was working with [former monk] Jay Shetty a lot too because of my presence and so am I. I was very present to all of that.

At least a few of your final guests are getting very emotional. Did that surprise you?

Yes, I think she did. I mean, it was so much fun because it means they really enjoyed my show and that was always my goal. And for people like Zac Efron, they get emotional — I mean, it really rips, but there are a lot of people who grew up on the show and so on. [response] It was so much fun. [Doing press] It is a necessary evil in this business. You do something and then you have to go out and talk about it, and people ask questions over and over again, and I come from that side of the job and I’ve always been like, “How can I make this a better, more enjoyable experience for people?”

When it comes to planning the final shows, what is the most important thing to you? And just as importantly, what did you not want?

There was a time for two months when I cried every day. I was really emotional, even though it was my choice, the right choice. I knew it was time to end this chapter and do something different, but it’s still really emotional. But I didn’t want the past two weeks to be this way. Every day I pondered my intention and how much I wanted to be there and enjoy it and wanted it for the audience as well. I wanted people to be reminded of what we do on TV with music, games and everything. It was a variety show more than anything, and I wanted the last two weeks to be totally fun because I struggled with anxiety and depression and I know how important the escape is. We are reminded every day of what is happening in the world, from a sick family member to wars, fires and global warming. There are a lot of different things that make you sad.

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And I struggle to become overwhelmed with it. And sometimes it’s hard for me to even go out and do a show because I’m thinking, “How can I have fun outside when someone is suffering?” Then I realized that this is the one hour a day I help someone who needs to escape like I do. That’s what I hope everyone gets from the show and will remember it for.

Oprah is one of very few people who have been in your place. I know she gave you advice on air. I guess she also gave you an on-air tip. Which ones will you listen to?

Well, she is clearly a very wise woman, and one of the wisest things I got from her is making margaritas, always using fresh lemons, and never bottling limes. So, I will always remember that.

It’s good advice. You told me a year ago that you weren’t very good at sitting still, and I think it’s something you encouraged.

Yes, she does give this advice, but she doesn’t listen to it herself. She said she’s sorry [not taking time off when her talk show ended], but she was launching her network at the same time. So, this was bad timing on her part because she really should have taken the time to sit down and think. I’ll try to take her advice, which is, “Don’t do anything for a year. No matter how good the show is, wait a year.” And I’ll tell you, I have an incredible offer now that I’ve already had several months before I finish. It’s really hard to turn it down and ask for it to be delayed because I’m really trying to sit still. This is the first break of my choice. The last one was not. [Editor’s note: After DeGeneres came out, her sitcom was swiftly canceled and she faced tremendous backlash.] And three years in that time seemed like an eternity, but looking back, it was just a passing picture, and so I could do that for one year. I will start traveling in two weeks and trying to enjoy my time.

When we talked last spring, you sounded like an interesting movie role. Was that all the show was about?

It’s something along those lines. But there is definitely that opportunity, and there have been two offers to that. It just depends on the timing. This would be awesome. But then I also love doing stand ups, so I can always write another special and go out and [perform]Which [wife] Portia [de Rossi]preferences. I really loved it when we went out on what she calls, a “tour.” She does not understand, we only went to seven cities.

It’s a light ride.

Yeah. Wanda Sykes makes fun of me for making sweaters and putting on all the towns we did before I filmed mine saying, “That’s it?!” I mean, I think Chris Rock goes to 80 cities. But people give me private parties or Vegas parties, so I don’t know if it’s stand-up, or acting, there’s definitely going to be some documentaries I’d like to make. I am making a documentary about a university campus in Rwanda. I’ll go in a few weeks and shoot there, so that’s fun.

We live in a highly charged environment. Do you ever worry about the stage being a safe place?

Have you ever watched a UFC fight where they were in a cage? This is what I was going to tour. Inside the cage and completely safe. Do not worry about me.

At any point during this farewell season, did you regret your decision to end it?

no. It is definitely the right time. The world is in a crazy place. Like I said, it’s very charged. You know, I was going to stop three years ago and they convinced me to stay a little longer and I did and that’s okay. There was a lot that happened during that time which is unfortunate but it is what it is – you go through things in life and you keep learning and growing. This is how I should look at it. But it is definitely time to stop. And the producers, we’ll all keep in touch. dew [Lassner, her executive producer, who often appears on-air] He still writes to me at least three times a day.

Do you have any regrets about not finishing sooner?

I must only trust that everything that happened during that time, which was obviously very difficult, happened for a reason. I think I learned a lot, and there were some things that shocked and surprised me. It was amazing, but I trust it has to happen.

fair enough. What do you think you will miss most from this chapter as you move on to the next?

Well, every now and then, they’d bring a soft serve ice cream truck on the lot. That was nice.

Got it, and is there a second close?

Oh, then? Yeah. Yeah. let me think…. I will miss the audience and being so close to the kind of love and energy that I felt every day. Of course I will miss laughing every day with all the people who became my family. And I will miss meeting all kinds of interesting people, which I have to do every day. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m going to miss just about everything.

You are leaving a very different daytime scene from what you joined 19 years ago. It’s even more split with the advent of live broadcasts and more. Do you think you could have launched this show in today’s environment, and would you have liked it?

The answer is probably no, I don’t think I will. Like I said, things happen for a reason. Like, by getting canceled on my sitcom, I couldn’t get into an acting career because people wouldn’t hire me because I was openly gay and they weren’t putting out gays in movies and TV shows like they are now. And if I tried, I wouldn’t be able to be myself every day on TV and do all the things I had to do and meet all the people I met. So what hurt me so badly – hurt my feelings, hurt my career, hurt me financially – turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened because it got me to this. Which is the perfect time to finish because it’s a shattered environment, as I said, and now it opens up to me any further experience.

Did you take anything from the set with you?

Yes, I brought my phone, the old phone I was calling [her old friend] Gladys and others. I’m sitting in my living room at a table.

I know you have to go, but is there anything I didn’t ask for but think I should have?

Yes, you didn’t ask me what the soft flavor was. I was going to say vanilla.

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