LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres introduced her practically two-decade daytime speak present to an finish Thursday with a celeb lovefest and a forceful assertion of her achievement as a homosexual lady daring to be herself.
DeGeneres and visitors Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish and Pink shared reminiscences and affection as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” concluded its Emmy-winning, 3,200-plus episode run that started in September 2003.
“Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different,” DeGeneres mentioned of the pushback from TV stations.
When the syndicated present went on the air, she was prevented from saying the phrase “gay” and even the pronoun “we,” DeGeneres mentioned, for the reason that latter would indicate she had a accomplice. She didn’t specify who imposed the ban.
“Sure couldn’t say wife, and that’s because it wasn’t legal for gay people to get married – and now I say ‘wife’ all the time,” DeGeneres added, with a contact of defiance, as actor Portia de Rossi watched from the studio viewers. They wed in 2008.
The host, who turned recognized for encouraging her viewers to hitch her in impromptu dances, shared some final strikes together with her sidekick and DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, to the tune “Best of My Love.”
The dancer-choreographer saluted DeGeneres as somebody who evokes others as a result of she has “the courage to step out and be your authentic self.”
Aniston, who as the primary visitor on the present’s first episode gave DeGeneres a “Welcome” doormat, arrived with one other that learn, “Thanks for the memories.” DeGeneres famous the “Friends” star has been on the present a complete of 20 occasions.
“You’re welcome,” Aniston mentioned, teasingly, then turned severe.
“I love you, and I so appreciate you and what you have given to the world over the last 19 years. The contribution is endless,” she mentioned. She launched a profession retrospective video that additionally touted DeGeneres’ philanthropic efforts, mentioned to incorporate greater than $400 million in donations to charities and “deserving viewers.”
“I love you,” a beaming Eilish advised DeGeneres throughout their chat. “I love you so much, it’s dumb,” mentioned Pink, who carried out “What About Us.”
DeGeneres’ daytime reign hit a severe bump in 2020, when the present was alleged to be a poisonous office and three producers exited amid the claims. On the air that fall, DeGeneres apologized for “things that shouldn’t have happened,” however defended herself as being the identical real individual – if an imperfect one – on- and off-camera.
The speak present represented a second main TV act for DeGeneres. In 1997, she made an indelible mark when she got here out as lesbian and introduced her character on the ABC sitcom “Ellen” together with her. The collection was axed the following 12 months.
“Twenty-five years ago, they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian to be in prime-time once a week. And I said, ‘OK, then I’ll be on daytime every day,’” DeGeneres mentioned Thursday.
The comic, actor and producer has mentioned she’ll take time to think about her subsequent profession transfer, however first she and de Rossi are making a visit to Rwanda. DeGeneres wrapped her daytime present with a plea to her viewers, one she mentioned was value repeating.
“If I’ve done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I’ve inspired you to be yourself, your true authentic self. And if someone is brave enough to tell you who they are, be brave enough to support them, even if you don’t understand,” DeGeneres mentioned. “By opening your heart and your mind you’re going to be that much more compassionate, and compassion is what makes the world a better place.”
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