Ellen DeGeneres Says She's 'Done' After Her Upcoming Netflix Special

DeGeneres joked that she is going to be canceled next for being "old, gay and mean" at a recent stand-up show in Santa Rosa

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres returned to the stage for a three-night stand-up show in Santa Rosa last week.

On Monday, July 1, the comedian, 66, took the stage at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts for her "Ellen’s Last Stand…Up" tour to catch people up on her life two years after her famous talk show was canceled. According to SFGate, DeGeneres did not shy away from her exit from the spotlight.

“Let me catch you up on what’s been going on with me since you last saw me,” she said. “I got chickens. Oh yeah, and I got kicked out of show business for being mean.”

She continued to open up about how that drastic change affected her (The Ellen DeGeneres Show was on air for 19 seasons), noting that she now realizes her sensitivity.

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“I used to say, ‘I don’t care what people say about me,’” she admitted. “Now I realize I said that during the height of my popularity.”

She went on to joke: “Next time, I’ll be kicked out for being old. Old, gay and mean, the triple crown.”

<p>Randy Holmes/Getty</p> Ellen DeGeneres on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'.

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Ellen DeGeneres on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'.

While wanting to make the crowd laugh, the outlet reported she also addressed where the accusations about her may have come from.

“I can be demanding and impatient and tough,” she explained. “I am a strong woman. I am many things, but I am not mean.”

DeGeneres said because her intent wasn’t to be mean, she wasn’t a mean person — even if sometimes it came off that way, according to SFGate.

When later questioned about whether she would return to fame in the future, now that she has had time to reflect on her mistakes, DeGeneres gave a hard “no.”

“This is the last time you’re going to see me. After my Netflix special, I’m done,” she said.

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Ellen DeGeneres

In a July 2020 BuzzFeed News report, anonymous former and current staffers of hers accused her of creating an unhealthy and toxic work environment on her show. Claims included being penalized for taking medical leave, instances of racial microaggressions and fear of retribution for raising complaints.

"The hate went on for a long time and I would try to avoid looking at the news," she said at a Los Angeles standup show in April. "The 'be kind' girl wasn't kind. That was the headline."

She also said she ended each day on set by saying “Be kind to one another,” which she joked led people to see her as a "one-dimensional character who gave stuff away and danced up steps."

Most recently, DeGeneres canceled four upcoming show dates just one month after kicking off the stand-up tour. No details were provided for the cancellation besides an alert from Ticketmaster.

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DeGeneres' Netflix special is set to premiere later this year.

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