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Ellen DeGeneres fights back tears as ‘toxic’ talk show comes to an end

Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres broke down in tears as she opened her talk show for the very last episode on Thursday.

Ellen, 64, was clearly overwhelmed as she walked through the NBC studio for her final dance with Stephen "tWitch" Boss on the popular programme.

After nineteen years, nineteen seasons and over three thousand episodes, the Ellen DeGeneres show came to an end.

For over twenty years, Ellen has interviewed an array of talented guests and sat down to chat to a number of Hollywood icons.

On Thursday (May 26), the daytime show opened with a look back at Ellen making her entrance into the studio from years prior, before she walked out into the studio for the finale.

But as Ellen hit the main stage for the last time, she tried to fight back the tears in front of a cheering studio audience.

As her voice began to tremble she said: "This show has forever changed my life. It is the greatest experience I have ever had."

Calling Stephen to the stage, she said: "So, tWitch, one last time. Dance with me."

Ellen's final show went out with a bang and had appearances from Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish, and P!nk.

Jennifer's inclusion made for the perfect tribute after the Friends actress was the very first guest she had on the show when it launched in 2003.

Jennifer's appearance marks the 20th time she has come onto the show.

Back in 2020, Ellen's programme received backlash from staff when accusations of a toxic workplace environment on the set emerged and Ellen herself was allegedly at the centre of some complaints regarding her "mean" behaviour.

A number of former employees complained about bullying and said Ellen was also a catalyst in the bullying culture according to a report from BuzzFeed.

The findings from the report also suggested that there were "some flaws in the show’s daily management" and in September 2020, Ellen was forced to apologise.

Speaking about the allegations during the show's 18th season, Ellen previously said: "I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

"The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that."

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