Ellen DeGeneres yesterday filmed the final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show after a run of 19 years. It airs next month.
After the recording, DeGeneres, 64, posted a message on Instagram reflecting on the last two decades and thanking people for allowing her into their homes.
“Today we taped the final episode of The Ellen Show which airs on May 26th.
“When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist. Social Media didn’t exist. Gay marriage wasn’t legal. We watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But whatever was happening, my goal was always for the show to be a place where we could all come together and laugh for an hour.
“Being invited into your lives has been the greatest privilege of my life and has brought me incredible joy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
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It’s unknown what guests DeGeneres’ will have on her final episode.
During its run, The Ellen DeGeneres Show picked up 64 Daytime Emmy Awards. However, its reputation was tarnished by a slew of allegations in 2020. Buzzfeed ran a story quoting several former employees who alleged a toxic workplace environment. These included incidents of racism, intimidation, sexual misconduct and harassment from producers.
Several of those producers exited the show in the fallout over the article.
Following the report, on the first episode of the next season, DeGeneres addressed the controversy, saying, “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
Whether related to those allegations or not, the following season of the show took a ratings dip. In May 2021, DeGeneres announced the 19th season (2021-2022) would be her last, coinciding with the end of her current contract.
It’s unknown what DeGeneres plans to do next, although Warner Bros has indicated some compilation and ‘best-of’ Ellen shows may continue to run over the summer months.
Earlier this week, the show commemorated the 25th anniversary of Ellen coming out as gay on her titular sitcom, with Ellen Show staff and LGBTQ celebrities talking about its impact on them.