Ellen DeGeneres breaks down in tears as the final episode ever of her TV show airs

Ellen DeGeneres breaks down in tears as the final episode ever of her TV show airs

The reality of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show's ending seemed to hit the 64-year-old host, who has interviewed some of the most famous people

Ellen DeGeneres broke down in tears as she busted out her final, iconic dance moves on the last episode of her talk show.

As she approached the stage for the final time, DeGeneres could be seen struggling to maintain her composure as the audience cheered.

The reality of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show's ending seemed to hit the 64-year-old host, who has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and a few royals.

She managed to collect herself but a final shimmy with dancer tWitch, who has been on her show since 2014, saw her break down again as he joined her on the stage for their last dance.

She then addressed the studio audience, her voice thick with emotion, as she faced her talk show crowd for the last time.

"This show has forever changed my life. It is the greatest experience I have ever had," she said, adding the series had gone 'beyond [her] wildest imagination'.

Her Australian wife, Portia de Rossi, was seen smiling and clapping for her spouse from the audience.

DeGeneres hinted that while The Ellen DeGeneres Show may be coming to a close, this is not the last you will see of her.

"I walked out here 19 years ago and I said this was the start of a relationship and today is not the end of the relationship, but a break," she said.

She added a joke: "You can see other talk shows now."

The LGBTIQ+ icon went on to address what has changed since the show has been on the air.

"When we started the show I wasn't allowed to say 'gay'. I said it at home a lot. 'What are we having for our gay breakfast', or 'pass the gay salt', 'has anyone seen the gay remote', things like that," she said.

The TV host added: "I certainly couldn't say 'wife' because gay people couldn't get married. Now I say 'wife' all the time."

DeGeneres continued to reflect on the 'beautiful journey' the show has taken her on, thanking her viewers.

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"If this show has made you smile, if it has lifted you up ... then I have done my job," she said.

During the final episode The Ellen DeGeneres Show had appearances from Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish, and P!nk.

Aniston's inclusion was a fitting bookend to the show, with the Friends star appearing as the very first guest back in 2003.

DeGeneres' show has wrapped up after 19 years, and her final seasons have been dogged by allegations of a toxic workplace.

In the opening monologue to the 18th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host apologised to anyone who was affected.

"The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things," she said.

"Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient, and I am working on all of that."

But she finished her final show with words of advice.

"If I've done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I've inspired you to be yourself, your true authentic self," she said.

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