Ellen DeGeneres ‘done’ with fame, calling her Netflix special ‘the last time you’re going to see me’


Comedian Ellen DeGeneres has reached a breaking point with Hollywood and plans to say goodbye to the entertainment business after her Netflix special.

The former daytime talk show host shared her future plans during a Q&A session with the audience while on her farewell tour, Ellen’s Last Stand…Up, in Santa Rosa, California.

“Will we see you on Broadway or movies?” a fan asked the comedian.

“Um, no,” DeGeneres said bluntly. “This is the last time you’re going to see me. After my Netflix special, I’m done.”

When another fan encouraged the Hollywood star to voice the character Dory again in a new Pixar film:

“No, I’m going bye-bye, remember?” she said.

Ellen DeGeneres speaks to the crowd during the launch of Michelle Obama’s new book “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” at Warner Theater in Washington, Tuesday, Nov.15, 2022. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Following the hourlong Santa Rosa show on July 2, DeGeneres abruptly canceled four shows in July and August for Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago. She is still slated to make stops in Austin, Texas; San Francisco; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Minneapolis; and Toronto this summer.

The former host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show became the target of a bombshell report by Buzzfeed News in 2020 that interviewed 36 former employees and accused her of having a toxic work environment, as well as alleging sexual misconduct among staff and improper behaviors on the show. She issued a memo in July 2020 apologizing to her staff, but the slew of poor workplace culture reports led DeGeneres to announce the end of her show in 2021, airing the final episode in May 2022.

“I got kicked out of show business for being mean,” DeGeneres told the crowd in Santa Rosa.

The comedian added, “I used to say, ‘I don’t care what people say about me.’ Now I realize I said that during the height of my popularity.”

Just months before the report, DeGeneres received the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes for her work on television in January 2020.

“I can be demanding and impatient and tough. I am a strong woman. … I am many things, but I am not mean,” the celebrity said during her stand-up show.

Before the blistering 2020 report, DeGeneres was a beloved star who was known for iconic dance moves on her show, witty banter with celebrities, and humorous celeb selfies, which made her a household favorite.


The 66-year-old star started her stand-up comedy career in the early 1980s and was named Showtime’s funniest person in America in 1984. She became a stand-up regular on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and starred in various movies, including Coneheads (1993), EDtv (1999), Finding Nemo (2003), and Finding Dory (2016).

DeGeneres starred in her own ABC television sitcom Ellen (1994-1998) and was dubbed the “female Seinfeld.” At the height of her show’s popularity in 1997, she came out as a lesbian on her show and in an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2003, DeGeneres launched her daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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