Ellen DeGeneres cried a lot before saying goodbye to TV

Insiders spoke of the emotionally charged last days on the set of The Ellen Show, revealing that the presenter was crying regularly.

Ellen DeGeneres was emotional in the two weeks leading up to the finale of her long-running talk show, sources said.

“Ellen cried a lot,” the source said. Page six. “The whole few weeks leading up to the final were very emotional.”

At the Warner Bros. studio. in Burbank, California, which she has called home for nearly 20 years, DeGeneres, 64, was filming her final episode of the series. The Ellen DeGeneres Show April 28th. The final show, which airs on May 26, will feature a first-class cast of guests including Jennifer Aniston and Pink, both of whom appeared on the very first episode on September 8, 2003. Billie Eilish, Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake and Zac Efron have also appeared in the last few shows.

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But while DeGeneres was sad to see the end of her 19-year run, she didn’t want to leave with a bang. Her final show didn’t have a red carpet like some who know her wanted.

“She wanted to leave quietly,” a senior television source said. Page six: “It was friends and family of the cast and crew in the audience.”

“Ellen – 100% – did it on her own terms. She left as she wished. There was no dry eye in the house last day,” another source with knowledge of DeGeneres said. Certainly, Friends icon Aniston burst into tears as soon as she stepped onto the set and hugged DeGeneres.

DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi, 49, has been on set for the past two weeks to support her, as have many of the comedian’s friends and her brother Vance DeGeneres.

DeGeneres famously came out as gay on her hit sitcom. Ellen 25 years ago. Her talk show was just as innovative. Following the scandal that almost got her fired in 2020, a senior industry insider who knows DeGeneres remarked, “People forget that this show changed culture.

“When Ellen started the show, the studio told her, ‘You can’t say ‘we’ when you’re talking about your girlfriend,” which is what she dealt with in the beginning.

“No one would have thought that the show would go on the air, even selling it in the beginning was so difficult. She always wanted to go to 19 seasons, she had people who relied on her for their livelihood…. she survived these last two years. But it was a great run.”

DeGeneres announced her retirement last May. This happened 10 months after Buzzfeed News Exposure detailed statements about workplace toxicity at Ellen kit.

Employees claimed they were barred from talking directly to DeGeneres, and the star was criticized for not taking responsibility for the welfare of her employees. “If she wants to have her own show and have her name in the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” one former employee said.

A former employee also told the site that he encountered racism while working on the show, which has won more than 60 Emmy awards since it first aired in 2003.

Others blamed executive producer Ed Glavin, whom the former The Ellen DeGeneres Show producer Hedda Muscat called DeGeneres a “barking dog” for inappropriate touching and intimidation and fear. Executive producer Kevin Lehman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were also accused of sexual harassment by former employees.

Lehman denied “any sexual infractions” and Norman said he “vehemently denies the allegations 100 percent”. Glavin did not respond to the claims.

But Ellen referred to them.

At her season 18 premiere, a year after the allegations arose, she told viewers, “I found out that things are happening here that should never have happened. I take this very seriously. And I want to say that I am very sorry for the people who have suffered.”

Following an internal investigation by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Warner Bros. producers Glavin Leman and Norman were fired. In the 2020-2021 season, the ratings dropped significantly compared to the previous season, from 2.6 million to 1.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen. But this farewell season received support thanks to its star guests.

In an interview with USA Today co-host Savannah Guthrie, to confirm her departure, DeGeneres admitted that she was thinking about leaving in 2020, adding that she “really thought about not coming back because it was devastating.”

“Did she really want to leave when [scandal] It happened? Yes, she did not want to come back and film even in September 2020, but she knew that she had to completely end the show. She loves her team and loves the show,” the insider said.

Leaving after 19 makes sense because “she likes a 1 that signals the beginning, and a 9 that signals the end. She didn’t feel like she had to reach 20,” the insider added.

DeGeneres, who hosted more than 4,000 guests, played more than 2,000 games, and gave away nearly half a billion dollars to viewers and the needy, celebrated the end of the show at a Hollywood party with only crew and friends—and no celebrities—invited.

According to insiders, the intimate atmosphere was typical of Ellen. “When you look back at everything she has done for people in 19 years, it is powerful.

“The most important thing for Ellen in the last few weeks and for everyone on the team has been to show the family that this is a show – and so the emotions came from the sense of togetherness that they had,” said another source who knows her.

Last month, DeGeneres celebrated her 25th birthday on her talk show. She married de Rossi in August 2008, when same-sex marriage was legal in California. They live in Montecito, California, where more than 15 houses have been rented out by drug addicts. Most recently, in February, they spent $30 million on a house in Montecito called Villa Tragara.

Speaking about her sexuality, DeGeneres told viewers, “When I came out, people warned me that it would ruin my career, and for a while, they were right. Actually, for exactly three years I lost my career. But look at me now.

“It really shows you how important it is to be yourself and how important it is to accept others for who they are,” she continued. “So it’s been 25 years since my debut and the only time I’m on the toilet is when Portia and I are playing hide-and-seek.”

There were 270 employees. The Ellen DeGeneres Show when DeGeneres said goodbye to her last episode, and according to those on set, she paid them tribute. And they also praised her. It has paid out millions in bonuses to its employees. Page six reported.

Kalen Allen, who became a regular after his food reaction videos caught the attention of DeGeneres, tweeted: “Before The Ellen DeGeneres ShowI was a college student with five jobs, a desire to succeed, and $100 in my name. This place changed my life in three months. For me, it was never just a job or 15 minutes of fame.”

Next month, DeGeneres goes to Rwanda, where she opened the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation in February. The original goal of the Ellen Foundation was to help secure the future of wild mountain gorillas by building a permanent home for the Dian Fossey Foundation.

She is taking 20 friends and colleagues with her on a fully funded trip that will be her first visit to the campus. Those who know her are quick to point out that she quietly gives away millions of her money to those in need.

Sources say DeGeneres has another stand-up show she wants to film for Netflix, a 2018 special. Connected was a hit and a return to acting is being seriously considered. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will also continue to live digitally under Ellen Digital Ventures with games and all of its social content.

In an Instagram post on April 29, DeGeneres wrote:: “When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist yet. Social networks did not exist. Same-sex marriages were illegal.

“We have watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But no matter what happens, my goal has always been to make the show a place where we can all get together and laugh for an hour.”

DeGeneres went on to thank viewers for allowing her into their living rooms, iPhones, and social media channels over the years. She wrote that it was the “greatest privilege” of her life. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

Saying goodbye, a source who knows DeGeneres said, “It’s been hard… she’s sad to leave her team, but she’s ready to leave her show.

“Ellen is in a great place…it has been a difficult journey, but she has learned a lot. I wouldn’t bet against her.

This article originally appeared in New York Post and reproduced with permission

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