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Ellen’s Final Season of Her Talk Show Will Be a ‘Celebration’

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After 18 years on the air, Ellen DeGeneres is determined to make the last season of her once-popular talk show a memorable one. 

The final season of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which premiered in 2003, will feature A-listers and other popular guests with the idea that it won’t just be the final episode that’s a big “hooray,” but that instead, “it’s going to be every show that season.”  

While the beloved LGBTQ+ advocate and talk show host has battled controversy over the past year due to allegations of a toxic work environment, Ellen reiterated that the decision to move on from the show has nothing to do with the accusations. 

The 63-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, “It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”

Related: The richest LGBTQ2S+ celebs in 2021.

The star also shared, “I just needed something to challenge me. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.” 

Ellen also said that she wanted to give everyone involved ample time to digest the news and adjust. 

See also: 10 celebs share tips on how to boost your mood when you’re bummed.

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