After 19 seasons and over 4000 guests later, The Ellen DeGeneres Show its last episode airs on Thursday. A moment that promises to be rich in emotions (prepare your handkerchiefs), and which should create a great void in many salons. A look back at a media phenomenon that saw Hollywood’s elite go through, with its ups and downs, and what we’ll remember. In four times.
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the good moves
Where to start? In nearly 20 years, Ellen DeGeneres, with her clean pants and many jackets, not to mention her clumsy dance moves, has danced with Michelle Obama, cooked with Bradley Cooper, shopped with Oprah. She also fed Adele grass and sang Christmas carols with Britney. In short, the biggest stars of the United States parade, in always relaxed contexts. But that is not all. Wounded, she performed her show straight from her hospital bed. And if we often laugh a lot, we also cry a lot, in this daily newspaper as generous as it is fun, and as a diverse bonus, followed by more than 1 million viewers on NBC. Especially when she took in, mind you, a survivor of the homophobic murders in Orlando. “She fascinates me! “, launches comedian Marie-Lyne Joncas, who watches each episode almost religiously. “When I was young, my dream was to be her. I would like to be the Ellen DeGeneres of Quebec. The comedian and presenter highlights both the style, the “freedom”, the “relaxed” side and the generosity of Ellen DeGeneres, from whom she is openly inspired. “When I animate, there’s a lot of her behind…”
Ellen through time
Le grand coup
Mais au-delà de tout cela, et pour plusieurs observateurs, le plus grand legs d’Ellen DeGeneres est ailleurs. Ou plutôt avant. C’est son existence même qu’on retient. Ou plutôt son existence publique. « C’est le premier modèle lesbien grand public en Amérique du Nord ! », rappelle la chroniqueuse culturelle Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau, qui a carrément adressé une lettre d’amour à Ellen DeGeneres il y a quelques années sur les ondes de l’émission On dira ce qu’on voudra, à ICI Première. Son coming out « crucial » annoncé en une du Time Magazine en 1997 (« Yep, I’m gay », une sortie du placard inédite qui lui a valu son lot d’insultes, en plus de lui faire perdre peu de temps après sa sitcom, Ellen) – un « coup énorme » – a eu un effet « incommensurable » au sein de la communauté LGBTQ+, dit-elle. « Moi, quand j’ai compris l’existence d’Ellen DeGeneres, à l’adolescence […]I remember feeling relieved that she existed, that she showed up, and that I wasn’t afraid to talk about it. […] And the reason I swore never to hide as a lesbian is because of her. Is right. There are other models that inspire me. […] But in terms of my identity, model number one was Ellen. “For good reason:” For nearly 20 years, it has brought people from all walks of life together with this slogan: Be kind. She always had this intention of inclusion, this openness, and for me it is exceptional. »
D’ailleurs, quand le président Barack Obama lui a décerné la médaille de la Liberté en 2016, Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau en a pleuré. « Je braillais ma vie, vraiment. Il a rappelé tout son parcours, et c’était vraiment émouvant. » Même son de cloche de la part de la journaliste et chroniqueuse Judith Lussier, pour qui Ellen DeGeneres est un « modèle extraordinaire qui a beaucoup fait avancer les droits LGBTQ+ ». « Elle est entrée dans le foyer des gens et ç’a été exceptionnel. […] Seeing a lesbian woman express herself like that in the media sure gave me the confidence to be myself and celebrate who I am. »
The controversial match
However, Ellen DeGeneres does not have a flawless career. Or let’s say that her sympathy capital has visibly “eroded” in recent years. And all the observers interviewed noted this. We remind you that in 2020, her show lost more than 1 million viewers in six months, after complaints, reported by Buzzfeed, from 36 former employees about the “toxic climate”, harassment, racism and microaggressions on her set. The investigation, conducted by Warner Media, also resulted in the firing of three executive producers. This is called falling for an apostle of so-called goodness. “It’s always a little disappointing when someone we love lets us down, especially when it’s someone who stands up for minorities, and that’s who they are,” says Sandrine Galand, pop culture expert and author of pop feminism, for whom the scandal echoes the Pascale Nadeau case here.
But for the researcher, this story, to which “another scandal” is added, namely this famous “friendship” between Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush (another blow to her popularity), actually reveals something else, which is above all the ” intersectionality”: “Elle DeGeneres is not just a lesbian woman, she concludes. She is mostly white, famous and rich. It is above all a rich “identity”, so to speak, more than a queer “identity”. , according to her (and without minimizing the “huge” impact she had on the LGBTQ+ community), at the origin of her success, and her longevity, with the more “traditional” American fringe. Besides, she is not too worried about her future “She’ll get over it!” »
“When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist. Social networks did not exist. Gay marriage was not legal. We’ve seen the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not,” wrote the 64-year-old presenter, one of the most popular (and rich!) by Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez and CNN), as a thank you to their (more or less) faithful viewers. “My goal was always to do a show where we could all get together and laugh for an hour. Inviting me into their lives was the greatest privilege of my life and it brought me incredible joy. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks. Over the past few days and in this final set, which has been the subject of much speculation, we’re hoping to see the show’s first (2003) guests (a bit like David Letterman, another television icon, in his own 2015 finale), namely Jennifer Aniston and P! nk (to whom we owe the music for the credits), in addition to the usual accomplices. We think of Oprah Winfrey, Kate McKinnon, Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, Billie Eilish, Bruno Mars and many others. Not to mention the surprises, as funny as they are touching, the show’s business card whose slogan is Be kind (Be nice !). A show that has won so many Emmy awards that we stop counting, even though it has lost its feathers in the last couple of years.
The final episode airs Thursday on CTV at 3pm.