Ellen DeGeneres said goodbye to her daytime talk show when the final episode aired on Thursday (May 26).
The 64-year-old comedian continued her latest monologue The Ellen DeGeneres Show to shed light on how much LGBT+ visibility has changed in Hollywood and beyond.
“I walked out here 19 years ago saying this is the beginning of a relationship. And today is not the end of a relationship, but rather a little break. You can now watch other talk shows. Maybe I see a different audience every now and then,” DeGeneres joked as she began her three-minute monologue.
“When we tried to sell the show twenty years ago, no one thought it would work,” she said.
“Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different. Very few broadcasters wanted to buy the show and here we are 20 years later celebrating this amazing journey together.”
DeGeneres continued by highlighting how far the world has come in terms of LGBT+ visibility.
“When we started this show, I couldn’t say ‘gay’ on the show. I wasn’t allowed to say “gay”. I said it many times at home. “What’s for gay breakfast?” Or ‘rich the gay salt’, ‘has anyone seen the gay remote control?’ – things like that,” she added.
“I couldn’t say we because that implied I was dating someone. I certainly couldn’t say woman. That’s because it wasn’t legal for gay people to get married. And now I say woman all the time,” she continued.
“Twenty-five years ago they canceled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian prime time show once a week. So I said, ‘OK, I’m going to be daytime every day, how about that?'”
DeGeneres ended her monologue with a phone call The Ellen DeGeneres Show “the greatest experience” she’s ever had and asked DJ Twitch to “dance with me one last time”.
During the final episode, DeGeneres invited recurring guests Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish, and P!nk to reflect on the past conversations and experiences they’ve had on the show.
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