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Executive producer Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the 'One Big Happy' panel discussion at the NBC/Universal portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour

After 19 years, Ellen DeGeneres bids farewell to daytime TV with a week of star studded shows, moving tributes and lots of laughter.

She’s really been saying goodbye since September but this week was the finale and the stars have been lining up to be part daytime history.

There were lots of emotional exchanges and tributes but perhaps one of the most touching was when she honored the show’s “fake” DJ and the man who has become her trusted sidekick and favorite dancing partner over the years, tWitch. This video comes with fair warning…it will most likely make you cry so get the tissues ready.

 

OK, how about some laughs after those tears. Ellen is famous for her pranks on both celebrities and real people, for scaring people on and off set. Producers put together a montage of some great scares that will literally make you laugh out loud. It’s a pretty good bet that we all could use a good laugh right about now.

 

For the final show on Thursday, Jennifer Anniston, who never seems to age, was Ellen’s first guest. Fun fact, Jennifer was Ellen’s first guest on her very first show and has been guesting every year since. She came out to the Donna Summer song “Last Dance” and fought to hold back tears as many of Ellen’s guests have.

 

Earlier this week the original queen of daytime talk and media mogul Oprah Winfrey stopped by. It was her first time before a live audience on set, since the COVID pandemic. She has been staying close to  home but is currently working on a musical rendition of The Color Purple. As someone who has been down the same road as Ellen, ending a wildly successful talk show career, she offered some advice.

 

Bruno Mars made his talk show debut on Ellen with B.o.B. and credits her for helping launch his career. He showed up with pina coladas made with his rum SelvaRey. Another frequent guest of hers Bruno’s gift to Ellen got a few good laughs.

 

Ellen DeGeneres bids farewell to daytime TV, she has had an impressive run with  61 Emmy’s over those 19 years. She has given away hundreds of millions of dollars, half a billion by one estimate. She eluded to the fact that she might get back into some stand up comedy but wanted to take a break, get some rest.

She still produces shows such as “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “The Masked Dancer,” “Ellen’s Next Great Designer,” and “Endangered,” among others, so her definition of getting rest might be different from most people’s.

Farewell Ellen, daytime television wont be the same without you.

Time’s Most Influential People list is out. A few may’ve made appearances on Ellen.