She continued: “Thank you for still caring!

DeGeneres got emotional when she revealed she would be ending her show. Photo / Warner Bros
DeGeneres got emotional when she revealed she would be ending her show. Photo / Warner Bros

“Let me catch you up on what’s been going on with me since you last saw me. I got chickens.”

The 66-year-old star discusses the end of her long-running programme, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which ran for a decade from 2003 until 2022, but was marred by accusations of toxic behaviour by several executives in 2020, who were subsequently let go.

She quipped: “Oh yeah, and I got kicked out of show business for being mean.”

DeGeneres then suggested she will be “kicked out for being old next”.

She grinned: “Old, gay and mean – the triple crown.”

DeGeneres then joked: “I used to say, ‘I don’t care what people say about me.’ Now, I realise I said that during the height of my popularity.”

She insisted: “I am many things, but I am not mean.”

In April, DeGeneres insisted she became the “most hated person in America” at one point.

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She stepped away from the spotlight after the final episode aired but returned to the public eye in April with her stand-up show at the Largo in Los Angeles, California.

DeGeneres told the audience: “I got kicked out of show business. There’s no mean people in show business … [I became the] most hated person in America … the hate went on for a long time and I would try to avoid looking at the news.

“The ‘be kind’ girl wasn’t kind. That was the headline.”



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