The Ellen DeGeneres Show Overview
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has finally ended after 19 seasons. Ellen DeGeneres launched her talk show in 2003 after a turbulent few years in her career. In 1998, her sitcom Ellen was abruptly canceled after she and her character of the same name came out as gay. For a while, it looked like her career was over, but a few years later, she had her second coming when she landed her very own daytime talk show. For more than a decade The Ellen DeGeneres Show was untouchable, with its namesake host one of America’s surest household names. But the blocks started to come tumbling down when former staffers told Buzzfeed News in July 2020 that the on-set culture was toxic. Suddenly, people started to view the show and its host in a different way, and some of her past interviews with famous faces were reappraised as degrading or offensive. As The Ellen DeGeneres Show bows out, here's a look back at the most hilarious moments from the show’s history.
Welcoming First Ever Guest
Many years before The Ellen DeGeneres Show was torn to the most hilarious moments of Ellen DeGeneres, she had a much more endearing moment with Jennifer Aniston on her first ever show. Jennifer Aniston appeared on the show to promote Friends, but she also gifted Ellen DeGeneres a welcome mat for her new show. We’re sure neither would have thought the show would still be on the air almost two full decades later.
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Announce The Engagement
It was not all that long ago that same-sex marriage was not legal in the United States, it only became legal on a national level in 2015, as noted by The New York Times. However, in 2008, California legalized same-sex unions on a state level, something that Ellen DeGeneres celebrated with good reason. To that end, one of the best moments in the history of The Ellen DeGeneres Show was when Ellen DeGeneres made a big announcement about her love life that she will be getting married. In response, the audience went wild, jumping to its feet and creating a thunderous applause. Ellen DeGeneres shared the truth about her wedding with fans four years later in a monologue on the show.
Barack Obama Appeared
In 2007, one full year before then-Senator Barack Obama would be elected to the office of the U.S. president and making history in the process. The first Black president served two terms in the White House and left behind a legacy that's far from finished being written. But before all that, the aspiring politician appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, eager to help America get to know the young senator from Illinois. Throughout the episode, Barack Obama discussed everything from his aspirations, his origins, his motivations, and the fact that he was an underdog. He also opened up about what was at stake and how he wanted to change the status quo and hopefully make the country a better place.
Nicki Minaj Met Her Fans
As many fans of the program know, Ellen DeGeneres often interviews guests who have gone viral online and asks them to tell the world more about who they are. Such was the case with an incredible young girl named Sophia Grace, and her cousin Rosie, sang every word of Nicki Minaj's hit Super Bass flawlessly. Where things got beyond cute was when Ellen DeGeneres had Sophia Grace and Rosie on her show and introduced them to Nicki Minaj in a moment that could warm any cold heart. The best part played out when viewers were treated to Nicki Minaj and Grace and Rosie performing Super Bass together.
Adele Silly Mission
Ellen DeGeneres loves playing pranks on people in her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While we were in stitches watching that hilarity ensue, arguably the best example of Ellen DeGeneres being in a celeb's ear is when she sent Adele to a Jamba Juice. For starters, she ordered one small cup but a large, which confounded the Jamba employees. She then went on to compare Jamba to Swishy Chug, the fictional British equivalent. Then following Ellen DeGeneres' instructions, Adele cut off her own wheatgrass and started gnawing on it right then and there. When Adele was able to finally reveal to the confused employees what was going down, everyone started laughing. Kudos to Adele for playing it straight and to the employees for being good sports.