Ellen DeGeneres: inside her last show as wife Portia de Rossi watches with tears in her eyes

Viewers were given a glimpse into Ellen DeGeneres’ final talk show, which airs on Friday, where the host and her wife burst into tears.

Ellen DeGeneres shed a lot of tears before filming the last episode of the talk show of the same name.

But especially “emotional” will be her last dance, which will air on Friday, May 27, according to an insider who was present at the recording. Mail.

In the remaining weeks after almost two decades on the air, she came face to face for the last time with a procession of dignitaries including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, the newly anointed Saturday night life alumni Kate McKinnon, Michelle Obama, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Hart, Chelsea Handler and Michael B. Jordan and others.

But a source for the show said her tears were “happy” and not tinged with bitterness or regret, despite the heavy cloud that hung over her following the allegations of “toxic” work environment first tarnished her “be kind” brand.

In 2020, DeGeneres faced a number of negative workplace allegations, for which she subsequently apologized on-air, but still led to a reshuffle of the lead showrunners for the show’s 18th season.

“Her mood over the past two weeks has been very weepy but joyful,” the source said.

“All her tears were nothing but gratitude for what we did together. The sad thing was that she wasn’t going to see her employees every day.”

The feeling is reportedly mutual, as the recording ended on April 28.

“The entire staff corresponded with her,” the source added. “Everyone misses her.”

The latest episode – “very classic Ellen” – shows her “talking to guests, having fun, laughing,” according to an insider who gave details of Thursday’s final send-off, which will mark the first DeGeneres guest ever to return. September 8, 2003 – Friends Star Jennifer Aniston, 53 years old.

“Even though 20 years have passed, it felt like it was yesterday when they were talking to each other,” the insider said. “It was very nice.”

The host will also confirm Bad guy singer Billie Eilish, 20, who promotes the “next generation” of artists, like DeGeneres, 64, is “taking her leave” herself.

And she will be serenaded by Pink’s 42-year-old longtime girlfriend, who will treat her to an “emotional” performance 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 who they are,” the source said.

“Pink was one of those people who appreciated Ellen for exactly who she was and for what she meant to LGBT people – to everyone who needed a voice and had no voice.”

The last audience at the studio, which included DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, and her brother Vance, who had previously referred to negative statements about his sister as “bulls”, also witnessed a tribute segment to DeGeneres’ legacy, most notably as a gay icon. about which, reportedly, “everyone wept”.

As DeGeneres leaves, she appears to be gearing up for a life outside of the studio.

She and her wife recently spent nearly $21 million (AU$30 million) on a Moorish-style home in Santa Barbara County, California.

Earlier this month, they also sold a US$13.9m (AU$20m) property in Monticello, which they acquired in September 2021.

While she hasn’t revealed other career plans, the source said she will “continue to buy and build beautiful homes. And spend some free time with Portia.”

It’s not like she’s actually retiring.

“If you know Ellen, she will be back and she will be back in a big way,” the insider said.

But her departure also marks a new era for others looking to take over the talk show.

A year ago, it was announced that the 40-year-old Kelly Clarkson’s self-titled interview series would move to DeGeneres’ coveted daytime timeslot in its fourth season.

But also getting wide attention is Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, who will launch a Fox show of the same name in the coming months — and she will do so from a former Warner Bros studio and offices that has long worked with DeGeneres.

MailThe source said DeGeneres’ old dig in Los Angeles is already being converted into a new facility, and said many of the staff and team are staying at her new facility.

“I am the future,” the 40-year-old Hudson boldly announced at a Warner Bros Discovery presentation to advertisers last week.

Until then, however, many eyes are still on DeGeneres’ difficult departure.

Comment posted last Friday Los Angeles Times spoke of her many “gaffes” such as an unfortunate on-air disagreement with Dakota Johnson, a display of her friendship with former President George W. Bush, and questioned DeGeneres’ “authenticity”, even calling her “as unknowable as ever.”

But that assessment clearly runs counter to the more than 200 crew members who stayed with her during her farewell 19th season.

The source pointed out that the long-time staff “burst into tears” in response to the dimming of the lights in the studio.

“These tough men are really emotional, crying and grateful to Ellen for giving them a life that allowed them to send their children to high school, college and have homes,” they said. “It was just amazing.”

In a tweet posted after her last entry late last month, DeGeneres said that hosting the show was the “greatest privilege” of her life.

“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,” she said.

This, as the show’s insider pointed out, was also the purpose of her week-long exit.

“At the end of the day, I think when you watch these latest shows, you remember, ‘Oh, that’s what this show was about. That’s who this woman was,” they said.

And the buoyant celebration on the final day of taping overshadowed any possible lingering upset over the DeGeneres-related allegations.

“Controversy from two years ago, that day didn’t make sense at all,” the insider said. Mail. “No one hated her. Nobody was unhappy. None.

“We ended up the way we started – just having fun and bringing hope and joy to people.”

This story originally appeared on New York Post and reproduced with permission

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