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Ellen DeGeneres celebrates two decades of television in farewell season


Ellen DeGeneres is gearing up to bid farewell to her talk show after ruling the daytime TV airwaves for two decades.

Of course, Ellen’s swansong follows a cloud of controversy after her toxic workplace scandal that resulted in an internal investigation by Warner Bros. and the firing of three top executives. 

DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be coming to an end after 19 seasons in May this year, with the host confirming the news herself shortly after.  

In the farewell season teaser, Ellen’s impressive stats are rolled out, stating that the series has featured 4,000 guests, 3,000 hours of TV, 1,500,000 audience members, and a staggering $450,000,000 in cash prizes given to worthy guests. 

Flashback! Ellen DeGeneres celebrates two decades of her talk show in farewell season teaser… after THAT toxic workplace scandal

A teary-eyed Ellen, 63,  is seen telling guests ‘You’ve changed my life’ in the clip, that went back over some of the highlights from the series and A-List guests including Julia Roberts and Justin Timberlake.  

The Ellen DeGeneres Show returns for the 19th and final season on Monday, September 13. 

When Ellen announced the talk show would end in 2022, she said in a statement: ‘I promise you that we’re going to have a fantastic final season. It will be a season where I truly get to say, Thank You. Thank you all. Every day will be a celebration.’

Celeb turn out: Ellen was known throughout the years for being able to bag the biggest stars in Hollywood to appear on her show

Celeb turn out: Ellen was known throughout the years for being able to bag the biggest stars in Hollywood to appear on her show 

Busting out the stars: The clip features the moment when Julia Roberts appeared with a prosthetic chest

Busting out the stars: The clip features the moment when Julia Roberts appeared with a prosthetic chest 

Who else could get away with it: Another classic moment showed Ellen smashing an award over Sandra Bullock's head

Who else could get away with it: Another classic moment showed Ellen smashing an award over Sandra Bullock’s head 

‘There will be a lot of surprises, there will be trips down memory lane, and a few detours through Why Did I Wear That Alley.’

It unclear which A-List stars she will be bringing on the show to bid her a farewell.     

Taking a hit in the ratings following the toxic workplace scandal, the show coming to an end had been on the horizon for a few months prior to the announcement. 

The ratings for total households from February 2020 to February 2021 were down 40% in New York City and Chicago; in Los Angeles she’s lost 59% of viewers.

In Philly ratings in the same time period were down 32% and in San Francisco she lost 50% of viewers.

Impressive stats: The Farwell Season is promoting the achievements of the two-decade long show

Impressive stats: The Farwell Season is promoting the achievements of the two-decade long show 

Since its season premiere last September, the show garnered an average of 1.5 million viewers by March – down 1.1 million from the same time-frame a year ago, which had 2.6 million average viewers.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show got off to a strong ratings start last fall in her 18th season premiere when she addressed the scandal, but has seen a swift decline in the months since.

‘I learned that things happen here that never should have happened,’ Ellen said in her season premiere. ‘I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.

Charitable: The show gave out a staggering $450,000,000 in cash prizes given to worthy guests

Charitable: The show gave out a staggering $450,000,000 in cash prizes given to worthy guests

Giving back: Ellen is heard tearfully saying that the audience had changed her life

Giving back: Ellen is heard tearfully saying that the audience had changed her life 

Big gifts: The show was always known for surprising worth guests with big cash prizes to help change their lives

Big gifts: The show was always known for surprising worth guests with big cash prizes to help change their lives 

‘I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility. I take responsibility for what happens at my show.’

‘This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be, and if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that,’ she said. ‘If that’s ever the case, I’ve let myself down and I’ve hurt myself as well because I always try to grow as a person.

‘I look at everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn. I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good, that’s my favorite thing to do.’

The claims of Ellen’s toxic work environment were revealed in July 2020 by one current and 10 former employees of the daytime talk show who accused three executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, of ‘bullying.’

Executive producers Glavin, Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were all fired from the popular talk show following the accusations leveled against them by current and former staffers.

Ellen came out with an apology after it was announced that her show was subject to a probe by WarnerMedia which looked into ‘staff experiences on set’.

The host sent her staff a memo in which she wrote she was ‘taking steps… to correct’ issues with her employees.

Ellen got off to a strong ratings start last fall in her 18th season season premiere when she addressed the scandal, but has seen a swift decline in the months since

Ellen got off to a strong ratings start last fall in her 18th season season premiere when she addressed the scandal, but has seen a swift decline in the months since

‘On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry,’ Ellen said in the memo.

‘As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t,’ she added. ‘That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.’

Among the allegations was one made by a Black woman who claimed she suffered a number of ‘microaggressions,’ her request for a raise was ignored and she was accused of ‘walking around looking resentful and angry’ after asking for staff members to undergo diversity and inclusion training.

Another former employee alleged they were fired after taking medical leave for one month following a suicide attempt.

A popular claim that circulated is that staff members were instructed not to speak to Ellen.

Some claims included that staff are required to chew gum before speaking to her because of her ‘sensitive nose’, and that she polices staff lunch orders and bans anyone from eating fish or meat.



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