Oprah Winfrey struggled to hold back the tears as she made her final appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Tuesday.
The 67-year-old TV producer was one of the last few guests to appear on the long-running programme which will be taking its final bow on May 26.
Oprah – who fronted her titular chat show from 1986 to 2011 – expressed that she understood how the Finding Dory actress was feeling.
‘I got a little emotional backstage because I saw your entire staff is back there. And I said to everybody, “I know what this feels like with only a couple of days left.
‘Obviously, you’re the face out front, but it’s everybody back there that actually makes it work. I was just really tearing up saying, “guys, what a great job you’ve done”.’
Ellen recently reflected on how much has changed around the world since The Ellen Show first aired 19 years ago, and thanked fans for their support.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘Today we taped the final episode of The Ellen Show which airs on May 26th.
‘When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist. Social Media didn’t exist. Gay marriage wasn’t legal.
‘We watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But whatever was happening, my goal was always for the show to be a place where we could all come together and laugh for an hour.
‘Being invited into your lives has been the greatest privilege of my life and has brought me incredible joy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’
In July 2020, the chat show was hit with intense backlash as former employees voiced that the set was filled with racism, fear, and intimidation.
Despite the scrutiny that followed, Ellen vowed that the claims made in the summer didn’t contribute to her decision in ending the series
Ellen has seen over 4,000 guests appear on her Emmy-award winning talk show over 19 seasons, and the final episode will feature some heavy hitters.
Kim Kardashian, Michelle Obama, Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Serena Williams, Jennifer Garner, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, David Letterman and Ellen’s wife Portia de Rossi were the final few guests who appeared on the show.
It was recently confirmed that Friends star Jennifer Anniston, who served as her first-ever interviewee in 2003, will be the last.
The Ellen Show airs weekdays at 2pm on ITV2 and the final episode airs on May 26.