The final episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show aired today, and the TV presenter made a stunning behind-the-scenes revelation.
The latest episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show has aired after nearly two decades of airing.
64-year-old TV presenter, first-time host The Ellen DeGeneres Show Back in 2003, on a Friday, she performed on the season 19 finale, where she bombshelled a word she was forbidden to say when the show first started.
“I couldn’t say gay on the show. I wasn’t allowed to say “gay,” Ellen told viewers.
“I often said this at home. What do we have for a fun breakfast? Or “pass the gay salt”. “Has anyone seen a gay remote?” —things like that,” she joked, before revealing that she was forbidden to mention anything else about her personal life when the show started.
“I couldn’t say ‘we’ because that meant I was with someone. Of course, could not tell the wife.
“That’s because homosexuals weren’t allowed to marry. And now I say wife all the time,” she added, referring to his wife Portia de Rossi.
DeGeneres then referenced her ’90s sitcom. Ellenwhich was canceled in 1998, shortly after her character’s release.
“Twenty-five years ago they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian to appear in prime time once a week. So I said, “OK, I’ll be in the daytime every day, how about that?”
She later described her long stint on daytime television as the most “wonderful journey” and “greatest experience” of her life.
“If I have done anything in the last 19 years, I hope I have inspired you to be yourself. Your true, authentic self,” DeGeneres said.
“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 show you who they are and that’s the greatest gift anyone can give you.”
After an interview with Billie Eilish and Jennifer Aniston, a close friend of DeGeneres, a pop star
Pink was the last guest on the show, serenading the departing host with her song. What about us.
DeGeneres then said goodbye in the same way she did in the very first episode, sitting on the couch and turning off the TV as the stage doors closed behind her.
DeGeneres, who is said to have amassed a fortune of $700 million, has hosted over 3,000 shows vying with broadcast queen Oprah Winfrey.
But DeGeneres sensationally closed her show last May, more than 12 months after her reputation soured almost overnight over allegations of workplace toxicity.
Her iconic “be kind” slogan was first called into question when writer and comedian Kevin T. Porter tweeted in March 2020 that she was “known to be one of the meanest people ever.”
It went viral, with over 1,000 responses from people detailing their terrible experiences with her.
The consequences were even more brutal, with countless employees going on record about their own stories of bullying. In particular, the story for July 2020 buzzfeed cited 10 former and one current employees as opposed to Ellen’s program.
They unanimously described a “toxic work environment” with a culture of “racism, fear and bullying”.
An internal investigation by Warner Bros, after months of negative press, resulted in the firing of lead producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Lehman and Jonathan Norman.
Addressing claims of workplace toxicity for the first time since her return to television for season 18 in September 2020, DeGeneres acknowledged that she was “a work in progress” but pleaded with viewers that she was still “the person you see on TV.”
“As you may have heard this summer, there were allegations of a toxic work environment on our show and then an investigation. I learned that something happened here that should never have happened,” she said.
“I take this very seriously and want to say that I am very sorry for the people who have been hurt.”
She admitted that being known as “being a kind” lady is a “difficult position”.
“Sometimes I get sad. I am angry. I worry. I am upset. I’m losing my patience. And I’m working on it all. I’m in the process.
“And I’m especially working on the problem of impatience, because … and that’s not good, because it’s not happening fast enough.”