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"The Ellen Degeneres Show" Reveals Date of Last Show With Michelle Obama and Special Guests

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various topics including celebrities and entertainment.


It was a year ago in May 2021 when Ellen DeGeneres first announced that she would be ending her long-running daytime talk show in 2022. The exact date was not given at the time. Ellen announced in a statement on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, that after 19 seasons, the last day The Ellen DeGeneres Show will air is on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Ellen also announced that her last show will include guests who have appeared on her show over the years. They will share personal memories and pay tribute to Ellen in their own way.

Special Guests on Ellen's Last Show

The special guests include:

  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Portia de Rossi
  • Zac Efron
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Diane Keaton
  • David Letterman
  • Adam Levine
  • Behati Prinsloo
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Channing Tatum
  • Serena Williams

Ellen's Decision

The Ellen DeGeneres Show was not canceled as so many other shows have been. DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter last year that her decision to bring her popular show to an end was due to her needing "something new to challenge" her.

The popular daytime talk show host said that as great as her show is, and as fun, as it is, it's just not a challenge to her anymore. She added, "I need something new to challenge me."

Ellen insisted that the 2020 scandal about her show had no bearing on her decision to end the show. She explained that Season 16 was going to be her last season, but she was talked into signing up for four more years. She said she would sign up for one more season, but she was told that she couldn't sign up for just one with the show's affiliates and the stations that needed a longer commitment. Therefore, Ellen compromised and agreed to do her show for three more years.

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After the finale on May 26, 2022, new episodes will continue to be seen on affiliate stations throughout the summer with guest hosts and some reruns.

Statistics of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

  • aired on NBC
  • 19 Seasons
  • from September 8, 2003 until May 26, 2022
  • more than 3,228 episodes
  • More than 4,000 guests
  • 17l Daytime Emmy Award nominations
  • 64 Daytime Emmy Awards
  • 17 People's Choice Awards.
  • 300 million social followers generating 8 billion views across all platforms
  • Host known for dancing up and down the aisles during the first few minutes of the show
  • Ellen known for "Twelve Days of Giveaways" where audience members received approximately $3,000 worth of prizes on each of twelve episodes
  • Actress Jennifer Aniston was the first-ever guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back on September 8, 2003. She appeared on the first episode of the last season on September 13, 2021, which marked Aniston's 23rd visit to the show.
  • Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has visited 20 times during the 19 seasons.

Ellen Shows Kindness to Employees

At the end of every single one of Ellen's shows, she signs off by saying, "Be kind to one another." She is doing just that in a big way.

After deciding that this would be the last season, she gave the team gifts to celebrate the start of the final season last fall. She is also giving employees and crew members bonuses based on years of service. That is good news for 30 percent of workers who have worked over 10-15 years. A few employees and most executive producers have worked on the show for all 19 seasons.

According to sources, the sizes of the bonuses will vary.

  • two weeks' pay for 1-4 years on the show
  • three weeks' pay for 4-8 years and so on
  • six weeks' pay for longer employees
  • health care provided by Warner Bros./Telepictures for six months after the show ends
  • resume building and networking workshops
  • free one-year memberships to LinkedIn Learning

Ellen's Future Plans

Even without hosting a daytime talk show, Ellen still will be busy doing other things. In 2018, Ellen's wife Portia de Rossi founded The Ellen Fund which supports global conservation efforts for endangered species and gave it to Ellen as a gift. Ellen's immediate plans include focusing on her environmental work and will be opening a 12-acre science and education campus for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda.

While The Ellen DeGeneres Show is coming to an end for the 64-year-old host, Ellen will be involved in several other shows still airing on various channels. They include The Masked Dancer on Fox, Ellen’s Game of Games on NBC, and Ellen’s Next Great Designer on HBO Max. She is also producing documentaries for the Discovery Channel.

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