Ellen DeGeneres has discussed her contentious departure from the entertainment industry and the demise of her own daytime talk program.

The 66-year-old TV personality made headlines in 2020 when rumors circulated that the backstage of her chat show, which debuted on September 8, 2003, was a “toxic work environment.”

According to Variety, multiple employees said that executive producers had intimidated them, assaulted them sexually, and displayed racism.

There were also rumors that some employees were scared to report problems or take sick days because they thought they would be penalized.

Ellen DeGeneres filmed her final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May 2022.

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At the beginning of season 18, in September 2020, DeGeneres discussed the increasing amount of public charges.

She expressed her regret to her coworkers for events that “never should have happened” during her address. “I’m privileged and powerful, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she further stated.

The show never recovered from the incident, and it ended in May 2022 after 19 years.

On Thursday, April 25, in the evening, DeGeneres reappeared in the public eye for the first night of her Netflix comedy series, Last Stand… Up Tour.

On stage at the Largo, the comedian discussed how he had become “the most hated person in America.” He replied, “I got kicked out of show business.” The Guardian said, “There aren’t any nasty people in show business.”

“The hate went on for a long time, and I would try to avoid looking at the news…the ‘be kind’ girl wasn’t kind,” she continued, adding that it damaged her reputation as a TV personality.


became a one-dimensional character that danced up steps and gave things away.” “If I had told them to go f**k themselves at the end of my show, people would have been happy,” she remarked.

She then discussed how her 1990s comedy show was canceled after she came out as gay, claiming that this has happened twice in the past.

“To be precise, this is my second firing from the entertainment industry. “They’ll kick me out a third time because I’m mean, old, and gay,” she said to him.

The presenter made light of the difficult period, but acknowledged that she “had a hard time” and “didn’t get out” of the issue. She added that this was her second career “persona non grata” experience; the first occurred when she made her formal LGBT identity public in 1997.

“I’m making jokes about what happened to me, but it was really terrible,” the woman remarked. “It was a long time before I wanted to do anything again.”

“I just hated the way the show ended,” the host declared. She continued, “I just hated that was the last time people would see me because I love that show so much.”

She thanked the audience in her parting statement, saying she was happy to be back and offer “joy” to “a scary time” in life.

In the end, she stated, “I think we need more laughter and less drama.”

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