It’s hard to remember a time when Ellen wasn’t dancing around with her audience, pranking celebrities and asking hard-hitting questions like “why aren’t y’all dating?” every weekday afternoon. For a hot second there, we thought the daily fun might be coming to an end as Ellen contemplated leaving the show next year in pursuit of different career goals.
Thankfully, after much thought and deliberation, Ellen has announced that she’s NOT leaving—at least, not until 2022. She announced Tuesday that she’ll be doing the show for at least another three years!
“From the beginning I said this show was going to be like a relationship,” Ellen told her audience, “We’ve been through the good, the bad, the 50 Shades of Gray phase—it’s been a lot of fun and 16 years is a pretty good run. Sometimes in a relationship you need to take a break… But I don’t. You’re stuck with me because I just signed for another three years.”
Ellen went on to call the show her “second chance” after the setback of losing her sitcom in 1998 when she came out in what turned out to be a watershed moment in television history. She got a little sentimental, explaining how starting the show helped her “get through a tough time” and along the way, “it also helped other people go through a tough time.” In her announcement post on Twitter and Instagram, Ellen called the experience “the ride of my life.”
Doing this show has been the ride of my life. pic.twitter.com/Mytkjxj4xa
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2019
“I’ve got letters from people telling me I helped them go through chemo or they were inspired by one of my guests or watching the show made them laugh for the first time in a long time,” she continued. “And that’s why I’m going to keep doing this show—for the people like you.”
Online, people were decidedly shook by the first half of Ellen’s speech (good one, E) but ecstatic about the actual announcement.
— Heather Lowe (@theheatherlowe) May 22, 2019
You had me scared you were going to break up with us there for a second
— Kailey Taylor (@KaileyTaylor17) May 21, 2019
Not going to lie I was shook! I was sitting here like how she spilling tea and didn’t nobody tell me first hahahaha!
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) May 21, 2019
I legit stopped breathing for the first 40 seconds of that video 😂
— Melissa (@MelissaCali87) May 22, 2019
There are days where I’m feeling really down, and I watch a segment or clip where you do something awesome for someone and it always turns my day around. Someday I hope to meet you just to tell you thank you for what you do. It means so much.
— The Realest Strobe (@strobemusic) May 22, 2019
Almost had a heart attack when you said “break “
3 more Years 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Yes Yeeees Yeeeees YES 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Congrats QUEEN ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ We are ready for mor 3 YEARS 🍾🍾
— EllenDegeneresWorld (@EllenD_world) May 22, 2019
Woooooo.!!!! We love you Ellen.! Your the sunshine to many of my days so I’m glad your not leaving.! pic.twitter.com/REqegUTPUu
— jodyjpedersen (@jodyjpedersen1) May 22, 2019