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“This is the last time you see me”

“This is the last time you see me”

Ellen DeGeneres said during a recent stop on her “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up” tour that she’s done with fame once she plays her final shows, which are being filmed for a new Netflix special (via People and SFGate). During the audience Q&A portion of the show at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, a fan asked if DeGeneres would return to film after the tour ends, or maybe try her hand at Broadway.

“Um, no,” DeGeneres replied matter-of-factly. “This is the last time you’ll see me. After my Netflix special, I’m done.”

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Another fan urged DeGeneres to voice the character Dory from Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” again, but DeGeneres replied, “No, I’m saying goodbye, remember?”

DeGeneres launched the “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up” tour earlier this year and recently canceled four dates. She used the shows to address the misconduct allegations that arose when “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” ended after nearly 20 years.

The talk show ended amid a series of reports detailing racism, sexual assault and intimidation behind the scenes. diversity also reported crew members’ frustration with the way the production handled compensation during the COVID pandemic. DeGeneres apologized on-air and three producers were fired after WarnerMedia conducted an internal investigation.

“Let me tell you what’s happened to me since you last saw me,” DeGeneres said at the show in Santa Rosa, before joking, “I have chickens. Oh, and I got kicked out of show business for being mean.”

The comedian further admitted that she can be “demanding, impatient and tough. I am a strong woman.” DeGeneres added: “I am many things, but I am not mean.”

“I used to say, ‘I don’t care what people say about me.’ Now I realize I said that at the height of my popularity,” DeGeneres said of the public reaction to the allegations.

At an earlier stop on the tour at Largo at the Coronet Theater in West Hollywood, DeGeneres responded to a fan’s question by saying the end of her show was “so hurtful.”

“I just thought, ‘This is not how I wanted to end my career, but this is how it ends.’ … I just hated how the show ended,” she said. “I love this show so much and I just hated that this would be the last time people would see me.”

Degeneres’ “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up” tour continues through August 17.

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