Viewers got a taste of Ellen DeGeneres’ latest talk show – which will be broadcast on Friday – with the presenter and her wife bursting into tears.
Ellen DeGeneres shed more than a few tears leading up to the taping of her latest episode of her talk show of the same name.
But her final dance, which will be broadcast on Friday, May 27, will be a particularly “emotional” dance, an insider who was on the tap told. The mail†
In her remaining weeks after nearly two decades on the air, she’s welcomed one final facetime with a procession of A-list guests, including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, just-anointed Saturday Night Live alum Kate McKinnon, Michelle Obama, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Hart, Chelsea Handler and Michael B. Jordan, among others.
But the show’s source said her tears were “happy” with no bitterness or regret, despite the heavy cloud hanging over her since allegations of a “toxic” work environment first put a damper on her “be nice” brand.
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In 2020, DeGeneres faced a series of negative workplace allegations, for which she subsequently apologized on the broadcast, nevertheless led to a shuffling showrunners at the highest level for the show’s 18th season.
“Her mood during the last two weeks was very crying, but a happy cry,” said the source.
“All her crying was nothing but gratitude for what we had accomplished together. The sadness was that she wouldn’t see her staff every day.”
The feeling has reportedly been mutual since filming ended on April 28.
“The entire staff has been texting her,” the source added. “Everyone misses her.”
The final episode is “very classic Ellen” — showing her “talking to guests, having fun, laughing,” according to the insider, who detailed Thursday’s final broadcast, which will be booked with DeGeneres’ first-ever guest back on Sep 8, 2003 – friends star Jennifer Aniston, 53.
“Even though 20 years had passed, it felt like it was just yesterday that they were talking to each other,” the insider said. “It was very sweet.”
The host will also acknowledge Bad guy singer Billie Eilish, 20, who is propelling “the next generation” of entertainers such as DeGeneres, 64, is “exploiting” herself.
And she’ll be serenaded by longtime friend Pink, 42, who will treat her to an “emotional” performance of what about uswhich is one of DeGeneres’ favorite songs.
“Pink has always been very, very close to Ellen. You know, they’re both tough women who say what they say and they are what and who they are,” the source said.
“Pink was one of those people who appreciated Ellen for who she was and what she meant to LGBTQ people — to everyone who needed a voice and didn’t have a voice.”
The final studio audience — including DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, and her brother, Vance, who previously called negative accusations about his sister “bulls**t” — also got to witness a tribute segment about DeGeneres’ legacy, most notably as a gay icon, who reportedly made the whole place cry.
As DeGeneres bows, she seems to be getting ready for life outside the studio.
She and her wife recently dropped nearly $21 million ($A30 million) for a Moorish-inspired home in Santa Barbara County, California.
Earlier this month, they also sold a $13.9 million ($A20 million) property in Monticello that they purchased in September 2021.
While she has not revealed any other career plans, the source said she will “continue to buy and build beautiful homes. And spend some real downtime with Portia.”
Not that she’s really retiring.
“If you know Ellen, she’ll be back and she’ll be back in a big way,” the insider said.
But her Exit also marks a new era for others rushing to take over talk television.
A year ago, it was announced that 40-year-old Kelly Clarkson’s self-proclaimed interview series would be moving to DeGeneres’ coveted afternoon slot for its fourth season.
But Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who will be launching a Fox show of the same name in the coming months, is also big on the spotlight, and she’ll be doing so from DeGeneres’ former old Warner Bros studio and offices.
The mailThe source revealed that DeGeneres’ old digs in LA are already being renovated into a new space for her and many members of the staff and crew are staying for her new venture.
“I am the future,” Hudson, 40, boldly announced during the Warner Bros Discovery presentation to advertisers last week.
Before then, however, many eyes are still on DeGeneres’ controversial exit.
A comment published last Friday by the Los Angeles Times told of her numerous “missteps”, such as a chilling on-air disagreement with Dakota Johnsonshow her friendship with former president George W. Bushand doubted DeGeneres’ “authenticity”, even calling her “unknowable as ever”.
But that assessment apparently runs counter to the more than 200 crew members who assisted her during her 19th farewell season.
The source pointed to former staff being “brought to tears” in response to the dimming of the studio lights.
“These kind of burly men are really emotional and cry and grateful to Ellen for giving them a life that allowed them to send their kids to high school, go to college and have a home,” they said. “It was just amazing to watch.”
In a tweet posted after her last recording late last month, DeGeneres said hosting the show was “the greatest privilege” of her life.
“But no matter what happened, my goal was always for the show to be a place where we could all get together and laugh for an hour,” she said.
That, the show’s insider said, was also the goal for her weeklong exit.
“Eventually I think when you watch these last shows you remember, ‘Oh, this is what this show represented. This is who this woman was,'” they said.
And the lavish celebration on the final day of filming overshadowed any possible lingering outrage over allegations involving DeGeneres.
“The controversy from two years ago, I didn’t feel like it that day at all,” the insider said The mail† “No one hated her. No one was unhappy. Nobody.
“We ended the way we started – just having fun and bringing people hope and joy.”
This story originally appeared on New York Post and was reproduced with permission
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