It’s the end of an era. After 19 years, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is coming to an end. On Thursday, the popular daytime talk show will air its final episode.
For her latest tapings, popular guests have appeared including the Kardashians, Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Kate McKinnon and Oprah Winfrey. The latter knows all too well what it feels like to end a show. “There will never be a moment like this,” Winfrey said during her appearance. “Families come together, relationships are built, it becomes home.”
Winfrey has been a mentor to DeGeneres over the years. The comedian told FN that she is one of the most influential women in the world. “Where she’s from, her life and what she’s accomplished is pretty amazing,” DeGeneres said.
Despite the past two years of controversy for “The Ellen Show” (allegations of workplace toxicity surfaced in 2020, resulting in a WarnerMedia investigation and three producers being fired from the show), the DeGeneres’ talk show series is rooted in pop-culture history and her impact goes beyond dance and her “Be Kind” mantra.
By the time the show debuted in 2003, DeGeneres had helped permanently change the conversation about equality, acceptance, and inclusion after coming out as gay in the historic ” Puppy Episode” from 1997 of her sitcom “Ellen.”
“I had no intention of breaking down barriers,” DeGeneres said. Shoe News in his 2016 cover story. “I was just trying to have a career, and I also happen to be gay. I decided it wasn’t really worth the burden of a secret like that. Everything type of secret carries a lot of shame, and I didn’t want to live with that shame. I wanted to be free of that and be proud of myself, so I decided to be honest. And coincidentally, that broke down barriers.
This sentiment has undoubtedly carried over to the talk show and it has inspired its audience day in and day out to live their lives authentically.
As the comedienne embraced her identity, she also became more comfortable expressing her sense of style. “I had a way of dressing that wasn’t most women’s,” DeGeneres said. The star quickly began to notice that many people wanted to emulate her look. “I started seeing women coming to the show trying to dress like me. I was seeing versions of myself in the audience, and I was thinking, ‘There’s a market here.'”
This led to the launch of her lifestyle brand ED Ellen DeGeneres, but before that it was all about having confidence.
“I’ve become more comfortable dressing how I want to dress rather than how I think I’m supposed to dress,” she said. “That’s what’s great about fashion. It should be your own unique and individual expression. It doesn’t have to be what everyone does.
To see Ellen DeGeneres’ fashions over the years, click through the gallery.