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Ellen DeGeneres retires from show business

Ellen DeGeneres retires from show business

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Ellen DeGeneres is preparing for her last dance. Publicly, that is. The comedian and former daytime TV star, who The Ellen DeGeneres Show for 19 years at NBC, will finally retire from the spotlight, as she said during a recent stand-up tour stop at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, according to diversity. “This is the last time you’ll see me,” DeGeneres reportedly told a fan who asked her during a Q&A on the show if she had any plans to act in movies or go to the theater in the future. “After my Netflix special, I’m done.” (DeGeneres’ upcoming Netflix special, which doesn’t yet have a name or release date, is being filmed during her current “Ellen’s Last Stand… Up” tour; four of the tour dates were recently canceled without explanation.) Even Dory, DeGeneres’ popular character in Pixar’s Find Nemo Franchise, will have to find a new voice actor for future installments, DeGeneres clarified when asked: “I’m saying goodbye, remember?”

Elsewhere during the tour stop in Santa Rosa, DeGeneres took the opportunity to address the circumstances surrounding the end of The Ellen DeGeneres Showwhich ended in 2022 after allegations of abuse, misconduct and toxic behavior behind the scenes of the show. “Let me update you on what’s happened to me since you last saw me,” DeGeneres said. “I have chickens. Oh yeah, and I got kicked out of show business for being mean.” DeGeneres pushed back against that characterization. “I can be demanding and impatient and tough,” she said. “I’m a lot of things, but I’m not mean.”

Mean or not, DeGeneres will soon have a lot of free time to kill. And as much as she tries to kill that time with kindness, at some point she’s actually going to have to come up with something to pass the time. We’ve taken the liberty of making a few suggestions:

• Zumba trainer (of course)

• Talent agent for viral children on the Internet

• Etsy shop owner selling Dakota Johnson voodoo dolls

• Professional selfie organizer

• Corporate DEI consultant (she’s not mean!)

American Idol Fan Club President

• Painting lessons from her best friend George W. Bush

• Travel, probably