Quando “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” è stato presentato per la prima volta nel 2003, la sua conduttrice titolare stava vincendo una battaglia per salvare la sua carriera. In questi giorni, Ellen DeGeneres continua ad essere perseguitata dalle accuse secondo cui il suo posto di lavoro non era così felice dietro le quinte come sembrava in TV. Tuttavia, all’inizio, la sua reputazione di capo non aveva nulla a che fare con il motivo per cui riceveva una stampa negativa.

In its review of the show at the time, The Boston Globe also chastised DeGeneres — not for coming out as gay on the cover of Time magazine in 1997, but for pivoting her comedic tone to a more serious one afterward. In her emotional final monologue, however, DeGeneres spoke from the heart about those very issues.

Ellen DeGeneres observed how much times have changed

In her final monologue, Ellen DeGeneres opened up about how hard it initially was to get stations to carry "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" because she'd come out as gay. She also told her audience, "When we started this show, I couldn't say 'gay' on [air]."

In 2005, DeGeneres made her red carpet debut with wife Portia de Rossi. But even then, DeGeneres couldn't speak openly about the love of her life on her own show. "I couldn't say 'we' because that implied that I was with someone. Sure couldn't say 'wife,' and that's because it wasn't legal for gay people to get married," DeGeneres recalled. Despite such, in 2008, De Rossi appeared on the show for the first time — seven months after she and DeGeneres tied the knot. "I've got to say that was the happiest day of my life," said de Rossi of their wedding.

DeGeneres continued her monologue by saying, "25 years ago they canceled my sitcom because they didn't want a lesbian to be in primetime once a week, and I said, 'Okay I'll be on daytime every day, how about that?'" But those days are now over, and fans found it difficult to say farewell. "This is the end of an era. There's gonna be a big void in the tv that nobody else can fill," one viewer tweeted. "So bittersweet," another wrote. "Thank you for all the memories and thank you for changing lives!"


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