Ellen DeGeneres is releasing all the celebrity stops for the latest episodes of her daytime chat series.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, tennis phenom Serena Williams, veteran comedian David Letterman and reality TV star Kim Kardashian are just some of the guests who will appear on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ ahead of the finale. of the series, announced Warner Bros. Television Group Wednesday. The final episode airs May 26 on NBC.
Also on the program are model Behati Prinsloo and singers Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, as well as actors Jennifer Garner, Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Diane Keaton and Portia de Rossi, the host’s wife of 14 years. According to Warner Bros., returning guests will pay tribute to DeGeneres while reminiscing about their favorite moments from the show.
Since its premiere in September 2003, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has aired more than 3,200 episodes over 19 seasons and has garnered 64 Daytime Emmy Awards. In May 2021, nearly a year after program employees reported a toxic work environment on set, DeGeneres announced she would be ending her show.
The internal staff uprising prompted a televised apology from DeGeneres and the firing of three major producers, as well as a shift in public perception of the comedy hero, whose small-screen catchphrase is “Be kind to each other. “. The Times confirmed that DeGeneres recently awarded senior season bonuses to her staff based on years of service.
“My whole being is about making people happy,” DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter in 2021. “And with the talk show, all I cared about was spreading kindness and compassion, and everything that I stood for was attacked. So it destroyed me, honestly. I would be lying if I said no.
Despite the controversy, DeGeneres appears to have remained in the good graces of a number of her famous friends, some of whom came to her defense last year on social media. In recent months, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has continued to attract big names, from Jennifer Lopez to Halle Berry.
When DeGeneres spoke to The Hollywood Reporter last year about her plans for the future, . another TV show was not high on his list.
“A sitcom feels like a walk in the park compared to that, 180 shows a year. I don’t know if that’s really what I want to do next, but movies, for sure,” DeGeneres said. “If there was a big role, I would be able to do it, which I can’t do now.”