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Ellen DeGeneres delivered her remaining present on Thursday after 19 years.
The comic opened the sequence finale with a montage of her earlier present entrances all through the years earlier than going into her monologue and reflecting on the societal progress she feels the world has made because it pertains to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood of which DeGeneres has lengthy been part of.
“20 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. “When we started this show, I couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show. I was not allowed to say ‘gay.’ I said it at home a lot. ‘What are we having for gay breakfast?’”
“We couldn’t say ‘gay.’ I couldn’t say ‘we,’ because that implied that I was with someone,” DeGeneres continued. “I 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.”
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The digital camera then lower to DeGeneres’ spouse Portia de Rossi, 49, who was sitting within the viewers throughout the remaining present taping.
“Twenty-five years ago, they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian to be in primetime once a week. I said, ‘Okay, then I’ll be on daytime every day. How about that?’” she added by way of tears earlier than calling her longtime pal and co-executive producer Stephen “tWitch” Boss, 39, “for the last time, dance with me.”
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“If you don’t mind me saying this, your show is a reflection of what the world actually looks like. Not what’s in the headlines,” lamented Boss. “You look out and you see people of various colors, shapes, creeds, whatever, all showing love to each other. It’s been that for 19 years, and we thank you for that.”
DeGeneres, 64, then introduced out her first visitor, actress Jennifer Aniston. Aniston, 53, was DeGeneres’ inaugural visitor when the present premiered on Sept. 8, 2003. Aniston’s Thursday exhibiting marked her twentieth look on “Ellen.”
Aniston joked she and the funnywoman “set the tone” for the longer term with their dialog about which method to set the bathroom paper roll — over or beneath.”
DeGeneres pressed the actress on how she handled the conclusion of “Buddies” after 10 seasons in 2004.
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“Effectively, I obtained a divorce and went into remedy. After which I did a film referred to as ‘The Breakup,’” Aniston said, seemingly referencing her divorce with Brad Pitt. “I simply sort of leaned into the tip.”
After asking for suggestions on what she should do after the show ends, Aniston said she would love for DeGeneres to get back into performing stand-up comedy — to which DeGeneres said she will certainly be getting back on the stage. DeGeneres released her “Relatable” Netflix special in 2018 and owes the streamer one more deliverable.
Aniston then introduced DeGeneres with a parting present: a welcome mat that learn “Thanks for the Memories.” It was a reference to Aniston’s welcome mat she gave to Ellen means again when.
DeGeneres quipped that in her life after the present, she anticipates having a tough time not speaking in five-minute bursts earlier than heading right into a industrial break.
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DeGeneres’ introduced out Billie Eilish as her second visitor. The “Bad Guy” songstress, 20, made her daytime debut on the present in 2018 at age 16 and defined to the host that she was “so scared” as she recalled the second.
“You started this show the year after I was born. This was in my house constantly. Every day. I would walk into the kitchen and my mom would be watching you.”
“I love you Ellen, are you OK?,” Eilish requested the host. After temporary banter wherein Eilish defined that she nonetheless felt nervous about showing on the present even on its remaining air date, DeGeneres mentioned after years of calming her nerves she’s looking for the sensation of nervousness that one may get once they expertise one thing for the primary time.
DeGeneres would introduce Pink because the present’s remaining interview and musical visitor.
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“I love you so much, it’s dumb,” Pink instructed the host.
“This is a very strange feeling for me because I’ve known you for so long, and you’ve meant so much in my life, personally, but in everybody’s life,” the “Truth About Love” rock star, 42, mentioned. “I wanted to be a singer because I wanted to grow up and change the world and make it a better place. You’ve done that in so many ways. Maybe I help people find their pain. You help people find their joy. And we need that so badly in this world.”
“You gave me a skateboard. You gave me a bicycle made for two, I almost killed you. Look at that body,” Pink joked after taking a look at a throwback video of what she used to seem like again when she made her preliminary look in 2003.
Pink gifted Ellen with a home made sourdough starter, birdwatching binoculars in addition to jumbo knitting needles and yarn.
“I can teach you how to knit,” she instructed DeGeneres earlier than the present headed into one other industrial break. After returning, Pink carried out “What About Us.”
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DeGeneres then expressed her because of all concerned in making the present over time.
“I want to thank my staff and my crew once again, but most importantly, I want to thank Mary [Connelly], Andy [Lassner] and Craig [Peralta],” DeGeneres mentioned of her govt producers and longtime chief of workers throughout her remaining signoff.
DeGeneres instructed the viewers: “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. They’re showing you who they are, and that is the biggest gift anybody can ever give you. And 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. Thank you so much for being on this journey with me.”
“I feel the love and I send it back to you,” she added. “Bye.”
DeGeneres introduced the tip of her present in 2021 after a yr of brutal headlines involving a poisonous office scandal. She began the ultimate season of her present by addressing the accusations of a poisonous work setting and sexual misconduct allegations on the present that plagued the host’s popularity in 2020.
“I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected,” she mentioned partly. “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”