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The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘ wrapped up its 19-year run on Thursday with an exciting finale to its groundbreaking presenter.

DeGeneres welcomes final guest singer Billie Eilish With P!nk and Jennifer Aniston, the “Friends” actress appeared on the September 8, 2003 talk show. (The last week also featured Oprah WinfreyBruno Mars, Mila Kunis and J Balvin. )

In Thursday’s final, DeGeneresThe 64-year-old stepped out to a standing ovation from the audience, including her wife of nearly 14 years, Portia de Rossi, and her niece, who missed school. Before starting her monologue, she absorbed the moment, tears flashing.

“Welcome to our last show,” she said. “I walked out of here 19 years ago and I said it was the beginning of a relationship.” And today is not the end of a relationship. It’s more like a small break. It’s a, ‘You can see other talk shows now. And I may occasionally see other viewers. ‘”

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DeGeneres reminded viewers that her talk show wasn’t an easy sell. In 1998, DeGeneres passed unforgettable era cover. According to a New York Times reports Regarding the comedy’s cancellation, “ABC executives had requested that every episode not be gay-themed, and at one point ordered a special audience consultation on content to be included.”

“Twenty years ago, when we tried to sell the show, no one thought it was going to work,” DeGeneres said on her last show. “Not because it’s a different show, but because I’m different. Few stations would buy this show, and 20 years later, we’re celebrating this amazing journey together.

“When we started the show, I couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show…I said it a lot at home. “What’s our gay breakfast?” “Or, “Through Gay Salt.” “Has anyone seen a gay remote?” Something like that, but we can’t say, ‘gay’. I can’t say ‘we’ because that implies I’m with someone. Certainly can’t say ‘wife’, that’s because gay marriage is not legal, right now I keep saying ‘wife’.” (Camera shows De Rossi beaming at her wife.)

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“Twenty-five years ago, they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want lesbians to show up in prime time once a week,” DeGeneres continued. “I said, ‘Okay, then I’m on every day. How about that?’ What a beautiful, beautiful journey we’ve had together. If this show makes you smile, if it cheers you up, when you’re in the Some kind of pain, some kind of sadness, whatever period you’re going through, then I’ve done my work.

“Because of this platform, we were able to change people’s lives, and this show changed my life forever. It was the best experience I’ve ever had, beyond my wildest imaginations so​​​tWitch, one last time, and I dance together.”

DeGeneres and Stephen “Twitch” boss, her partner and (since 2020) co-executive producer, wiped the tears from her eyes and danced to The Emotions’ “Best of My Love.” Sitting down with DeGeneres, tWitch expressed gratitude for being part of the show and its family.

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“The atmosphere is a family,” agreed DeGeneres, retorting 2020 allegations slam the show as a toxic workplace. DeGeneres praised its frivolity.

“Who dances during the day and isn’t drunk?” she joked. “There’s a joy that happens and it’s created out of this family atmosphere. So I’m proud of that, but I’m also proud of the family and team we’ve put together here.”

Aniston appeared first, dancing in her seat in a signature black cutout jumpsuit.

“Uh,” the actress said bitterly. “It’s like I’m squeezing everything to keep everything.”

But Aniston’s grief didn’t dull her wit.When DeGeneres asked her how she handled the ending of her beloved NBC sitcom “Friends” in 2004, Aniston quipped: “Well, I got divorced and in therapy.” (She and Brad Pitt After five years of marriage, they announced their separation in January 2005. )

“Then I made a movie called ‘Break Up,'” Aniston continued, referring to her 2006 feature film with ex-Vince Vaughn. “I’m just kind of leaning towards the end.” DeGeneres said she wasn’t sure about her next chapter.return Stand-up comedy is one possibility. “I knew I just wanted to keep a low profile for a while,” she told her friend. “I wanted to take a break and then I would do something, but I didn’t know what it was.”

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Before leaving the stage, Aniston lined up to play a video assembled by the crew documenting DeGeneres’ hardships, triumphs—daytime Emmys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom—and the show’s impact: “4.6 $100 million for charities and audiences worth watching.” (And that’s more than that for DeGeneres, who estimates $50 million a year.)

alice It was followed by P!nk, who won a Daytime Emmy for singing the talk show theme song.

“I want to be a singer because I want to grow up and change the world and make it a better place,” P!nk told DeGeneres. “You do it in so many ways. And maybe I help people find their pain, you help people find their joy, and we need it so much in this world. You are as kind as you seem, you support people, and when you When you shine your light on them, it’s like staring at the sun.”

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Finally, DeGeneres thanked her loyal audience.

“To everyone who watched the show and supported me, a big thank you to this platform,” she said. “I hope everything I’ve done for the past 19 years makes you guys happy and that I’m able to take a little less pain from a bad day or whatever you’re going through. I hope I can inspire you to make other people happy and do in the world Good thing, makes you feel like you have a purpose.

“I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again,” she continued. “If I’ve done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I can inspire you to be who you are; your true, authentic self. If someone is brave enough to tell you who they are, be brave enough to support them, even if you don’t understand . They are showing you who they are and that is the greatest gift anyone can give you. Open your heart and your mind and you will become more compassionate and compassionate about what makes the world a better place. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I feel the love and I give it back to you. Goodbye.”

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DeGeneres closed her final show with an homage to the series premiere, which featured a comic book of herself sitting on the couch watching TV. This time, DeGeneres walked to the sofa with his back to the audience, watching himself on TV. She turned to look at the audience, then turned off the TV. The door to the stage closed and the host’s last message was: “Thank you! – Ellen”