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Oprah Winfrey Helps Ellen DeGeneres Process Ending Her Talk Show & Tells Her She is ‘Proud’ of Her for Following Her Instincts

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Oprah Winfrey was the once reigning queen of the daytime talk show, and that mantled was then passed on to Ellen DeGeneres, although their shows were at times, very different.

With the announcement by DeGeneres that she is ending her talk show after its 19th season which will run from fall 2021-into spring 2022, who else should be her first guest but the mighty Oprah who knows a thing or two about ending an enduring talk show.   Winfrey appeared virtually and praised Ellen for knowing it was time to call it quits and reflected on the ending of the Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2011.

Oprah expressed: “It’s almost 10 years ago …will be next week.  10 years ago when I was in this exact position. I know what those feelings are. I also know the feelings leading up to it. So hearing you say, and announcing to the world that it was your instinct, and that you thought long and hard about it … because anybody would know that for something that is as powerful as the show is in other people’s lives, that you would not take that lightly. And that coming to the realization that, ‘Now it is time,’ is a process.”

Ellen shared that her decision was about wanting to have, and do, and fulfill other creative outlets for herself.  When Oprah asked Ellen how she was feeling since she made the announcement and uttered the words, ‘the show is ending after its 19th season.’ Ellen responded:  “I didn’t rehearse the monologue. I knew what I was going to say, but the words hadn’t come out of my mouth. So I was okay until I started talking and it became real. Obviously, I got emotional because it’s real now. But I’m feeling good.  I feel like it’s the right thing to do, but I’m charged. It’s a weird thing to announce that I’m stopping.”   Winfrey then said, “I’m proud of you for trusting your instinct because I know that there has to be — as there was in the case for me — a lot of people around you that want to keep that train moving, who want to keep going.”

Winfrey said it was important that Ellen gave her staffers a one-year heads up, since so many of the people who work on the show built their financial and emotional and professional lives around it – and by giving everyone a year, it helps those that have worked on the show time to process and to figure out their next chapter, as well.

You can watch the entire conversation below.

Then let us know, do you think Oprah offered up great words of wisdom to Ellen? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Hmmm, I didn’t hear the actual conversation, but I heard that the conversation was more about Oprah ending HER show than about Ellen ending her show. No way can Ellen believe that the controversy over the working conditions on her show had ‘nothing’ to do with the Ellen Show coming to an end. I’m actually surprised that she is coming back for another season!! Her audience has dropped drastically this year. I honestly expected her to be canceled. I have a very hard time watching her anymore. I actually gave up on her several years ago because I always felt… Read more »

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It seems like she got laughs at other people’s expense.

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Power and celebrity = toxic persona in the background of a chesire cat smiling host. I was never a fan and never fooled.

Dave
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Dave

Michael I consider you a smart man. If you can’t see why Ellen was canceled you are. It as smart as I thought you were.

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I’m glad that Oprah was the right person to talk to about this. I just watched the interview and I found it to be very well said in the context of seeing Two Talk show Queens sharing their own experience and responsibilities and feelings about letting go of a platform that has not only been a once in a lifetime experience, but overall a life-changing experience for other people. Again To Quote Maya Angelou, “Your Legacy is every life you touch”. So just in case if Oprah, Ellen, or even you Michael Fairman, see this comment. I just wanted to… Read more »

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Personally never cared for either of these talk show personalities or their shows. Fill daytime with more soaps.

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Oh Jeanette, I agree. They NEVER should have axed all those marvelous soaps in favor of “Personality TV”. There’s a reason GUIDING LIGHT and ATWT and others lasted for decades. Meanwhile, most of the “stars” they interview on talk shows are passe in a couple of years at best. At least BBC-AMERICA has the insanely funny GRAHAM NORTON SHOW, where celebs can actually talk in a relaxed way and interact with others to great effect. Ellen’s show always seemed just like a glorified commercial to me. Maybe I missed something.

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Television legend, Betty White, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 99, will have the upcoming Monday, January 17th of The Bold and the Beautiful dedicated to her.

What makes the choosing of this date to honor White s so meaningful is that it would have marked Betty’s 100th birthday.

Within her storied career, Betty played Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful – the mother to Pam and Stephanie.  She made her final appearances on B&B in 2009 when the show killed-off the character.

White, passed away a few weeks ago on New Year’s Eve, and earlier this week it came to light that she suffered a stroke six days before her death.

Pictured in this post are Alley Mills (Pam_, the late Lee Phillip Bell (Co-creator B&B and Y&R), Betty White and Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie).

So, what do you think of B&B honoring Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday by dedicating the episode to her? Comment below.

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In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

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The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Guiding Light Favorite Robert Newman is Y&R’s New Ashland Locke

Major casting news! The Young and the Restless has recast the role of Ashland Locke, previously played by Richard Burgi who has exited the CBS daytime drama series.

According to Soap Opera Digest, longtime Guiding Light veteran, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis) will be taking over the role.

Look for Robert to begin airing next month in February.

Over the weekend, Burgi announced via his Instagram story that he was no longer with top-rated soap opera.

Newman’s daytime career also included time on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

So, what do you think of Robert Newman as the Genoa City’s new Ashland Locke? Comment below.

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