After 19 seasons, 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' is about to end

Ellen DeGeneres's talk show will end its run today after 19 years and more than 3,000 episodes.

DeGeneres opened the last hour of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" by discussing the progress that had been made since the series premiered in 2003.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says DeGeneres is a pioneering voice with a complicated legacy.

DeGeneres promised that she wouldn't be gone for long. "Today is not the end of a relationship.

The program incorporated clips from DeGeneres' 3,200 episodes, including her tearfully thanking the audience after taping her first episode.

That's quite a journey for a performer who got her early fame as a lighthearted comic who cracked jokes about airline travel and working out.

Her sunny comedy eventually earned her a sitcom on ABC. By 1997.

DeGeneres pieced her career back together, hosting the Emmy Awards after 9/11 in 2001 and playing Dory in "Finding Nemo."