Her long-running talk show is set to come to an end after its current season.
The TV host, 63, flashed a broad smile as she strolled down the street during the low-key outing.
Good mood: Ellen DeGeneres cut a very jovial figure while stepping out to pick up snacks in Montecito, California on Monday
Ellen cut a casual figure for the day, sporting a blue and white striped shirt teamed with navy pinstripe shorts.
She added a pair of dark trainers to her look, accessorising with a silver watch and trendy shades.
Ellen appeared in a particularly good mood as she stretched her arms out wide while carrying her sandwich and crisps.
The sighting comes amid a difficult year for the television icon, who last month announced the end of her daytime talk show.
Filling up: The TV host, 63, flashed a broad smile as she strolled down the street during the low-key outing
In mid-May, Ellen confirmed that her upcoming 19th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be her last.
In a pre-recorded video from her show, shared on her Twitter account, she told her virtual audience: ‘I am announcing that next season, season 19, is going to be my last season.
‘So, the past 18 years, you have to know have changed my life. You have all changed my life. I’m forever grateful to all of you for watching, for laughing and dancing, sometimes crying. This show has been the greatest experience of my life, and I owe it all to you. So, thank you.’
End of an era: In mid-May, Ellen confirmed that her upcoming 19th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be her last (pictured hosting the show in New York in 2015)
The end: In a pre-recorded video from her show, shared on her Twitter account, she told her virtual audience: ‘I am announcing that next season, season 19, is going to be my last season
Ellen – who is married to Portia de Rossi – pondered the decision ‘for a while’, but also admitted that when she penned a three-season extension two years ago she knew then the 19th series would be her last.
She added: ‘I’ve thought a lot about this decision, I sat with it for a while.
‘I meditated on it, I talked to Portia, I talked to myself. Two years ago, I signed a deal for three more years, and I always knew in my heart that season 19 would be my last.
‘Nineteen is a great number. The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote, and I believe women should be allowed to vote. You may wonder why I’ve decided to end after 19 seasons and the truth is I always trust my instincts. My instinct told me it’s time. I truly have felt like next season was the right time to end this amazing chapter.
Controversy: The show’s end comes after several former and current employees accused Ellen of fostering a toxic work environment last year and turning a blind eye to bullying by executives (pictured in May)
BULLYING, RACISM AND A ‘TOXIC WORK ENVIRONMENT’: THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ELLEN
Ten former and one current member of Ellen’s staff alleged they were bullied, fired for attending family funerals or taking sick leave, while one woman claimed to have walked off the job after facing comments about her race.
‘That ‘be kind’ bulls*** only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,’ one anonymous staff member said.
Staff said they were told not to talk to DeGeneres herself while she was on set, and that the day-to-day running of the show was left to producers.
The employees said they did not have first-hand experience of DeGeneres being unpleasant, but said she needs to take more responsibility for how her employees are treated.
However, allegations have mounted from other sources against the host herself – sparked by a Twitter thread from comedian Kevin T. Porter
Calling DeGeneres ‘notoriously one of the meanest people alive’, he asked people for ‘the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean’.
The tweet received 2,600 replies and saw Porter give $600 to an LA foodbank, after promising to donate $2 for every legitimate mean story.
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.
Separately, security worker Tom Majercak – who was assigned to be Ellen’s bodyguard at the 2014 Oscars – said she was ‘sly’ and ‘demeaning’ to him.
‘Ellen is the one person that I’ve been assigned to – and I’ve been assigned to quite a few celebrities – that has never taken the time to say hi to me,’ he said.
‘She’s not the person she portrays to be that she’s playing off of society.’
‘I promise you that we are going to have a fantastic final season. It will be a season where I truly get to say, thank you. Every day will be a celebration.’
The show’s end comes after several former and current employees accused Ellen of fostering a toxic work environment last year and turning a blind eye to bullying by executives.
Last summer a Buzzfeed article aired out claims of sexual harassment against multiple male producers on the program.
Around that time Ellen was accused of ruling over a work environment where bullying was permitted, with alleged rules like a ban on eating meat or fish at lunch.
It was also claimed that staffers were not allowed to talk to her – and if they did they had to chew gum first in order to accommodate her ‘sensitive nose.’
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.
‘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 Ellen DeGeneres Show first aired in September 2003.
It has since been announced that Kelly Clarkson’s eponymous talk show will be filling the time slot void left by Ellen after the show ends next year.
During an interview with Savannah Guthrie in May, Ellen branded the accusations against her as ‘misogynistic’ and said they ‘took a toll’ because of how ‘sensitive’ she is.
The talk-show mogul compared her latest publicity problems to when she lost work after coming out as a lesbian in 1997.
Her side: During her interview with Savannah Guthrie in May, Ellen branded the accusations against her as ‘misogynistic’ and said they ‘took a toll’ because of how ‘sensitive’ she is