'This is the last time you'll see me': Ellen DeGeneres 'done' with showbiz

Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she will be retiring. Picture: Bang Showbiz.

Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she will be retiring. Picture: Bang Showbiz.

Published Jul 11, 2024


Ellen DeGeneres will be "done" with entertaining after her Netflix special.

The former talk show host has confirmed her impending retirement after “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up Tour” hits screens later this year and her latest stand-up stint.

Speaking to the audience at her show in Santa Rosa, California recently, she said when asked where fans can see her next: "Um, no.

"This is the last time you're going to see me. After my Netflix special, I'm done."

She continued: "Thank you for still caring!

"Let me catch you up on what's been going on with me since you last saw me. I got chickens."

The 66-year-old star discussed the end of her long-running programme, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, which ran for almost a decade from 2003 until 2022, but was marred by accusations of toxic behaviour by several executives in 2020, who were subsequently let go.

She quipped: "Oh yeah, and I got kicked out of show business for being mean."

DeGeneres then suggested she would be "kicked out for being old next".

She grinned: "Old, gay and mean—the triple crown."

She then joked: "I used to say, ‘I don't care what people say about me.' Now, I realise I said that during the height of my popularity."

DeGeneres insisted: "I am many things, but I am not mean."

In April, the media personality insisted she became the "most hated person in America" at one point.

She stepped away from the spotlight after the final episode aired but returned to the public eye in April with her stand-up show at the Largo in Los Angeles, California.

DeGeneres told the audience: "I got kicked out of show business. There’s no mean people in show business ... [I became the] most hated person in America... the hate went on for a long time and I would try to avoid looking at the news.

"The 'be kind' girl wasn't kind. That was the headline."