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The final episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airs on NBC on May 26, capping a 19-year streak on daytime television for the now 64-year-old host. And as TV insiders recently told Page Six, it was an “emotional” time. for Ellen, who filmed the final episode late last month.
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“Ellen cried a lot,” a source told the outlet in a May 14 report. “The few weeks leading up to the final were very emotional.”
Ellen reportedly skipped the fanfare of a red carpet or celebrity-studded audience for the episode, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Pink – guests who also appeared at the show’s 2003 premiere.
“She wanted to hang out quietly. It was the friends and family of the cast and crew in the audience,” another TV insider said.
Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi, and brother, Vance DeGeneres, were keen to support the star on set as she filmed the final shows.
“Ellen, 100%, did it on her own terms,” a third insider told Page Six. “She got out the way she wanted. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house the last day.”
Ellen announced her exit plans 10 months after she and a number of the show’s top producers were hit with numerous allegations that they fostered a toxic workplace. After Buzzfeed News published allegations of routine bullying by superiors, sexual harassment, racism and more negativity happening behind the scenes in 2020, Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation and found enough evidence to fire producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.
When Ellen returned to kick off season 18, she addressed the scandal in the first episode, telling viewers, “I learned that things are happening here that never should have happened. I take this very seriously. . And I want to say I’m so sorry to the people who were affected.”
According to the New York Post, ratings dropped significantly during this 2020-2021 season, and Ellen would later admit to Savannah Guthrie on “Today” that she was considering ending the show immediately because the allegations were ” devastating”.
Instead, she persevered.
“When Ellen 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,” another source said, referencing Ellen’s controversial decision. go out gay.
“No one ever thought the show would air, even selling it at first was so hard,” the person continued. “She always wanted to go to 19 seasons, she had people who relied on her for their livelihood.”
In her nearly two decades on the air, Ellen has donated “nearly half a billion dollars to viewers and those in need,” the Post noted.
After filming the final episode, Ellen reportedly celebrated the milestone at a party in Hollywood with the crew and friends.
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“When you look back at all she’s done for people over the past 19 years, it’s powerful,” a source added. “The most important thing for Ellen over the last few weeks and for everyone on the team was to show the family what this show is – and so the emotion came from the sense of togetherness they had. “
In addition to Jen Aniston and Pink, the latest episode of “Ellen” features Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Kerry Washington, Billie Eilish and more.
In a post about the finale on Instagram last week, Ellen shared her gratitude with fans, writing, “Thank you to everyone celebrating my final season with me. ❤️.”