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“I’m done”: Ellen DeGeneres reportedly announces her retirement from show business after Netflix special

“I’m done”: Ellen DeGeneres reportedly announces her retirement from show business after Netflix special

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While she had a successful stand-up career, a groundbreaking sitcom and for years the country’s highest-rated talk show, Ellen DeGeneres apparently calls it a career.

According to SFGate, Ellen said during a question-and-answer session following a performance at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa on Monday night – part of her latest stand-up tour – “I’m done.”

The response came from a client who asked if she would ever consider a Broadway appearance or a return to film after her tour was complete. “Um, no,” Ellen reportedly said. “That’s the last time you’ll see me. After my Netflix special, I’m done.”

Ellen’s daytime talk show ended in 2022 after 19 years of running after Buzzfeed revealed in 2020 that The Ellen DeGeneres ShowThe environment behind the scenes was the opposite of his “be kind” mantra: former employees made allegations of racism, sexual misconduct and intimidation.

Subsequently, alleged examples of DeGeneres being “mean” went viral.

On stage on Monday night, Ellen repeated things she had said earlier on the tour, particularly that she had been “canceled.”

“I got kicked out of show business for being mean,” she snapped when talking about what she’s been up to lately. “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,” was another phrase she repeated.

On stage, she insisted: “I am many things, but I am not mean.”

Ellen’s final Netflix special will be released later in 2024.

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