Ellen DeGeneres Says ‘I’m Not Mean’ and ‘I’m Done’ with Fame After Netflix Special

Ellen DeGeneres said during a recent stop on her “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up” tour that she’ll be done with fame once she plays her final shows, which will be filmed for a new Netflix special.

During audience question period at the July 1 show at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, a fan asked if DeGeneres would return to theaters after the tour or if she might try Broadway.

“Uh, no,” DeGeneres responded matter-of-factly, via People and SFGate. “This is the last time you’re going to see me. After my Netflix special, I’m done.”

Another fan urged DeGeneres to return to voice the character Dory from Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” but DeGeneres responded, “No, I’m leaving, remember.”

DeGeneres kicked off the “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up” tour earlier this year and recently canceled four dates from the lineup. She used the shows to address allegations of misconduct that came as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” came to an end after nearly 20 years.

The talk show was terminated after a series of reports surfaced alleging racism, sexual misconduct and behind-the-scenes harassment. Variety also reported on crew members’ frustrations with how the production handled compensation during the COVID pandemic. DeGeneres apologized on the radio, and three producers were fired after WarnerMedia conducted an internal investigation.

“Let me just give you an update on what’s happened to me since you last saw me,” DeGeneres said at the show in Santa Rosa, before joking, “I have chickens. Oh yeah, and I got kicked out of show business for being mean.”

The comedian admitted she can be “demanding, impatient and tough. I’m a strong woman.” DeGeneres added: “I’m a lot of things, but I’m not mean.”

“I always said, ‘I don’t care what people say about me.’ Now I realize I said that when I was so popular,” DeGeneres said of the public outcry over the allegations.

During an earlier stop on the tour at the Largo at the Coronet Theater in West Hollywood, DeGeneres responded to a fan’s question by saying it was “so painful” how her show ended.

“I just thought, ‘Well, this is not the way I wanted to end my career, but this is the way it ends.’ … I just hated the way the show ended,” she said. “I love that show so much and I just hated that the last time people would see me was that way.”

Degeneres’ “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up” tour runs through August 17.

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