The Ellen DeGeneres Show will end just over a year after it was announced that it was going to be entering its final season.
Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show will sign off on Thursday, May 26, Deadline reports. Before the final episode, First Lady Michelle Obama, Jennifer Garner, Channing Tatum, Serena Williams, Zac Efron, Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo, Gwen Stefani, David Letterman, Diane Keaton, Kim Kardashian, and DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi will all be back as guests. After DeGeneres’ last episode as host, it is set to air during the summer on affiliate stations, and that won’t just be reruns. There will also be compilation episodes as well as ones with guest hosts.
My final episode airs on May 26. I’m going to miss this. pic.twitter.com/A9tJNuyi93
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 16, 2022
Also according to the report, employees and crew members will be receiving bonuses (according to how long they worked for the show) and healthcare coverage for an additional six months (from Warner Bros./Telepictures, the studio that produces the show). Prior to the announcement of the final season, the show had been investigated over allegations of a toxic workplace environment.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show will have run 19 seasons after premiering in September 2003. It has won over 60 Daytime Emmys, including for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host.
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres said when announcing the final season in May 2021. She had signed a three-year contract in 2018 and shared, “I always knew in my heart that season 19 would be my last.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Series Finale, Thursday, May 26, Check your local listings