Ellen DeGeneres was so surprised during the premiere episode of her namesake talk show’s final season. During Monday’s season 19 premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres gave guest Jimmy Kimmel a plastic donkey that could eject cigarettes from its behind. In turn, Kimmel wanted to give DeGeneres an equally unforgettable gift. “I have something for you,” Kimmel said as DeGeneres, replied, “No!”
After confirming that he brought her something, Kimmel said: “It’s a traditional gift. You know, the traditional gift for 19 years. You know what it is?”
Though DeGeneres didn’t know, the Jimmy Kimmel show host said: “It is a Kardashian!” Kim Kardashian West then walked out to surprise DeGeneres and gave her a hug. “I’m excited to be here,” the 40-year-old reality TV host said. “I’m all yours.” DeGeneres replied: “I have my very own Kardashian! I want to collect them all!”
At the beginning of Monday’s episode, DeGeneres spoke to viewers about how excited she was to have fans back in the studio audience following previous COVID-19 restrictions. (All audience members wore protective face masks.) “You have no idea how much I’ve missed you. I am so happy to have an audience here. This is so exciting for me. Thank you, thank you so much for being here,” she said.
“Thanks for that energy I have missed so much. You’ve all been tested and you’ve been vaccinated and some of you are working from home. And so, I appreciate that you’re here. I really do,” she continued. “Thank you for wanting to be here. It means more than I can say, even though I just said it. But, you know, more than I can actually really say. And for those of you tuning in for the very first time, I’m Ellen. Don’t get too attached, this is my last season.”