Ellen DeGeneres thanks fans as she finishes final episode of The Ellen Show

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Photo credit: Brooks Kraft - Getty Images
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Ellen DeGeneres has thanked fans for all of their support over the years ahead of the final ever episode of The Ellen Show.

In an Instagram post today (April 29), the talk show host reflected on the developments that had happened in the almost 20 years the show has been on air, whilst also revealing when the final episode will be.

"Today we taped the final episode of The Ellen Show which airs on May 26. When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn't exist. Social media didn't exist. Gay marriage wasn't legal. We watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.

"But whatever was happening, my goal was always for the show to be a place where we could all come together and laugh for an hour. Being invited into your lives has been the greatest privilege of my life and has brought me incredible joy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

The Ellen Show has had an Emmy Award winning, 19-season run, and it's featured over 4,000 guests consisting mostly of Hollywood's top A-list celebrities.

It is no surprise then that the final episode will feature a star-studded line-up, including the likes of Kim Kardashian, Michelle Obama, Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Serena Williams, Jennifer Garner, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, David Letterman and Ellen's wife, Portia de Rossi.

The final episode comes after former employees alleged the show had a toxic work culture in 2020. It was then revealed in May 2021 that the show would come to an end with its 19th season, although DeGeneres was adamant that the investigation into the show was not the reason behind it ending.

Photo credit: Brooks Kraft - Getty Images
Photo credit: Brooks Kraft - Getty Images

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"If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn't have come back this season. So, it's not why I'm stopping," she said.

"When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs on ITV2 in the UK.

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