After scandals, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ concludes Thursday. Here’s what to expect

Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on her show's set
Ellen DeGeneres on the set of ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show” during taping of its series finale, which airs Thursday.
(Michael Rozman/The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

On Sept. 8, 2003, Jennifer Aniston was the first guest on the premiere of a new daily talk show. Now, after 3,294 regular episodes, 19 special episodes and three spinoff series, Aniston returns as a guest one last time for the series finale of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Battered by scandal, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” ends its 19-year run on Thursday. Its host is no longer the queer celebrity we can all agree on.

May 20, 2022

Thursday’s finale is the last of a series of celebrations, highlights and returning guests paying homage to the comedian whose show business resume includes starring in (and coming out on) her own sitcom; hosting the Oscars; hosting the Emmy Awards following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; voicing Dory in the Disney/Pixar hits “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory”; taking a turn as a judge on “American Idol”; winning 32 Daytime Emmy awards; and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The final episode features performances from Pink, who wrote the show’s theme song in 2015, and Billie Eilish.


The show will continue in the same afternoon timeslot with highlights, clips and special segments selected from the series’ long run. Below, find out how to watch the series finale of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Los Angeles. (The series, which airs in syndication, airs at 3 p.m. local time in many, but not all, areas. Check your local listings.)

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ series finale

When: Thursday, 3 p.m.

Streaming: Fubo

On the air: NBC

Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)