An era has ended as The Ellen Show has officially wrapped its last episode.
According to Variety, Ellen DeGeneres announced on an April 29 Twitter thread that her daytime talk show concluded filming its final episode. The host also offered some personal reflections about the show and how it has evolved since its beginning.
"Today, we taped the final episode of 'The Ellen Show' which airs on May 26th," Degeneres wrote on Twitter. "When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn't exist. Social media didn't exist. Gay marriage wasn't legal. We watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
"Being invited into your lives has been the greatest privilege of my life and has brought me incredible joy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
The talk show, now on season 19, first aired at NBC Studios on Sept. 8, 2003, before it moved to the Warner Bros. Studios lot in 2008. The show has won 12 Daytime Emmys for best talk showmore than any other show in that genre has ever garnered.
Things changed in 2020, when BuzzFeed News published a story about the "toxic" work culture behind producing The Ellen DeGeneres Show and featured damning statements from former crew members, Out Magazine noted. Since then, guest hosts filled in for DeGeneres throughout several episodes and it became clear that the talk show wouldn't be renewed past its final three-year contract, which concludes this year.