Ellen DeGeneres kicks off the final season of her talk show with an interview with Jennifer Aniston.
The Finding Dory star will end her long-running eponymous daytime show in the coming months, and the star-studded lineup for Season 19 — which will feature a fully vaccinated studio audience — will be led by the former Friends star, who will be her boyfriend’s first-ever guest. was when the program started in 2003.
In the first episode, Jimmy Kimmel will also see his 20th appearance on the show, while other guests in the first week will include Kim Kardashian – who will give her first sit-down interview since the end of Keeping Up With the Kardashians – Imagine Dragons and Tiffany Haddish.
A lister: Ellen DeGeneres will kick off her talk show’s final season by interviewing Jennifer Aniston
Bye buddies! The Finding Dory star will end her long-running eponymous daytime show in the coming months, and the star-studded lineup for Season 19 — which will feature a fully vaccinated studio audience — will be led by the former Friends star.
And that’s not all, because later in the season, Melissa McCarthy, Julianne Moore, Melissa Etheridge and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs will be among the stars to take their last seat on Ellen’s famous couch.
Season 19 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show begins September 13.
During the final season, the 63-year-old presenter will also look back on some of her most memorable star guests, delve into those who have appeared in human interest stories over the years, and reminisce about her legendary show surprises.
Ellen announced in May that she would be ending the show in 2022.
They work well together on stage: Jennifer and Ellen seen on the show; they have been friends since 2003
That kiss! They closed their lips on one of the shows on set in Burbank, California
In a pre-recorded video of her show, shared on her Twitter account, she told her virtual audience: “I’m announcing that next season, season 19, will be my last season.
“So you should know that the past 18 years have changed my life,” the star said.
Ellen also shared that she’s “forever grateful to all of you for watching, laughing and dancing, sometimes crying.”
And she added: “This show has been the best experience of my life, and I owe it all to you. So thank you.’
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Ellen – who is married to Portia de Rossi – thought about the decision for “a while” but also admitted that when she wrote a three-season extension two years ago, she knew the 19th series would be her last.
She added: “I’ve been thinking a lot about this decision, I’ve been sitting by it for a while. I meditated on it, I spoke to Portia, I spoke to myself.
“Two years ago I signed a deal for another three years, and I always knew in my heart that season 19 would be my last.
Nineteen is a great number. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote and I believe women should be allowed to vote.
“You may be wondering why I decided to retire after 19 seasons and the truth is I always trust my instincts. My instincts told me it’s time. I really felt that next season was the right time to close this great chapter.
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“I promise you we’re going to have a fantastic final season. It’s going to be a season where I can really say thank you. Every day becomes a party.’
In September, during the season 18 premiere, Ellen spoke about the “toxic” work environment allegations.
She told viewers, “Okay, let’s get started. As you may have heard, there were allegations of a toxic work environment on our show this summer. And then came an investigation.
“I’ve learned that things have happened here that should never have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am very sorry for the people who have been affected.
“I know I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize that comes with responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show.
“This is the Ellen DeGeneres show. My name is Ellen DeGeneres. We’ve had a lot of conversations over the past few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.’