Ellen DeGeneres breaks down in tears as she reveals decision to quit show and says 'my instinct told me to end it'

ELLEN DeGeneres broke down in tears as she officially announced her decision to end her famous talk show after 19 seasons. 

The daytime host immediately got emotional during her monologue confession as she explained that her “instinct” told her the time for The Ellen Show was here. 

“Today, I have an announcement to make. This season, season 19, is going to be my last season,” she said on Thursday’s episode. 

The 63-year-old comedian then began to have tears swell in her eyes as she needed a moment to collect herself.  

"So the past 18 years, you have to know has changed my life. You all have changed my life.

“I am forever grateful for you for laughing, dancing and sometimes crying. This show has been the greatest experience of my life and I owe it all to you. 

“So thank you, thank you thank you,” she repeated with a bow to the virtual audience. 

Ellen said that she "thought a lot about this decision" and "sat with it for a while," adding: "Two years ago I signed a deal for three more years and I always knew in my heart that Season 19 would be my last."

She added that "19 is a great number," as the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote and "on the periodic table, 19 is the atomic number for potassium."

Ellen said she had to trust her instincts that it's "time" to end the show, stating: "As a comedian, I have always understood the importance of… timing.

"In all seriousness, I truly have felt like next season was the right time to end this amazing chapter.

"In 1997 I knew it was time to come out on my sitcom and live my truth.

"Back then I had a vivid dream that a bird flew out of a cage and set itself free because it needed to get out of that cage and recently I had a dream that a bird- a beautiful bird with bright red feathers came to my window and whispered, 'You can still do stuff on Netflix.' And that was the sign I was looking for."

Despite the show coming to an end, Ellen "promised" her viewers that they will have "a fantastic final season" and "it will be a season where I truly get to say 'thank you."'

She concluded: "Everyday will be a celebration. There will be a lot of surprises. There will be trips down memory lane, a few detours through 'why did I wear that' ally."

On Wednesday, the Finding Dory star first confirmed the big news to The Hollywood Reporter.

She explained: "It’s going to be really hard on the last day, but I also know it’s time.

"I’m a creative person, and when you’re a creative person you constantly need to be challenged, which is why I decided to host the Oscars or why I decided to go back to stand up when I didn’t think I would.

"I just needed something to challenge me. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore. I need something new to challenge me."

She told the news to her staff on Tuesday and plans to discuss it with Oprah Winfrey during her Thursday episode.

Ellen will be quitting after her 19th season finishes airing in 2022.

Despite her rather chaotic year, Ellen claimed that her quitting the show has nothing to do with the allegations made against her by crew members and guests last year.

"It almost impacted the show. It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.

"So, it’s not why I’m stopping but it was hard," she said.

The standup comic continued: "With the talk show, all I cared about was spreading kindness and compassion and everything I stand for was being attacked.

"So, it destroyed me, honestly. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t. And it makes me really sad that there’s so much joy out there from negativity.

"It’s a culture now where there are just mean people, and it’s so foreign to me that people get joy out of that."

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