Ellen DeGeneres, 63, got emotional while telling her audience that the 19th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be the last on May 12. The talk show host opened up about how hard the decision to end the long-running series was and revealed why she felt it was the right time to do so in her monologue.
“Today, I have an announcement to make. Today, I’m announcing that next season, Season 19, is going to be my last season,” Ellen DeGeneres said while standing on the stage of her show. “So, the past 18 years, you have to know, has changed my life.”
“You all have changed my life and I am forever grateful to all of you for watching, for laughing, for dancing… sometimes crying,” she continued. “This show has been the greatest experience of my life, and I owe it all to you, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
The reason? She explained, “You may wonder why I’ve decided to end after 19 seasons. The truth is, I always trust my instincts,” she continued. “My instinct told me it’s time. As a comedian, I’ve always understood the importance of…timing. In all seriousness, I truly have felt like next season was the right time to end this amazing chapter.”
Ellen DeGeneres also revealed that when she “signed a deal for three more years” she “always knew in my heart that Season 19 would be my last.” The beloved comedian ended her monologue by promising her viewers that they’re going to have a “fantastic final season” and thanked them for their support. Watch the moment below!