Ellen DeGeneres, an American comedian and television host, made headlines this morning after the final episode of her talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired.
Ellen has been the voice of Dory in the Disney/Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, as well as hosting multiple award shows, proving to have had a hugely successful career in the spotlight.
How much is the iconic television star worth after the emotional finale of her chat show aired earlier today?
What is Ellen DeGeneres’ Net Worth?
Ellen DeGeneres has a net worth of $500 million (£395 million), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Ellen grew up in Louisiana and began her career in comedy by performing in small clubs and coffee shops. She began a national tour in the early 1980s and was named Showtime’s funniest person in America.
Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana on January 26, 1958. Elizabeth, her mother, was a speech therapist, and Elliott, her father, was an insurance agent. She has a musician and producer brother named Vance. Her parents divorced in 1974, and her mother remarried and relocated from New Orleans to Atlanta, Texas, with her new husband and Ellen. Ellen graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976 and returned to New Orleans to study at the University of New Orleans. She left after one semester to work as a clerical assistant at a law firm. She also worked at J.C. Penney, TGIFridays, as a house painter, hostess, and bartender.
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During the time Ellen was working odd jobs, she began practicing her stand-up comedy routines at coffee shops and small clubs. Ellen was the emcee at New Orleans’ Clyde’s Comedy Club by 1981. In the early 1980s, she began touring nationally with her stand-up act. In 1984, Showtime named her the Funniest Person in America. In 1989, she landed her first regular television role on the Fox sitcom “Open House.” She landed a role on the short-lived sitcom “Laurie Hill” in 1992. The producers were so taken with DeGeneres that she was cast in their next ABC pilot, “These Friends of Mine.” In its second season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” “Ellen’s” popularity peaked in April 1997, when DeGeneres revealed she was a lesbian on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Her character on the sitcom, played by Oprah Winfrey, also came out at the time. “Ellen” was canceled in May 1998 after ratings dropped as a result of ABC cutting back on promotion.
After her sitcom was canceled, DeGeneres returned to the stand-up circuit. She made a comeback in 2001 with “The Ellen Show,” a CBS sitcom that ended after 13 episodes. She played Dory in the 2003 film “Finding Nemo.” She played Dory again in 2012’s “Finding Dory.”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” premiered in the fall of 2003. It is now one of the most popular daytime talk shows on television. The show won 25 Emmys in its first three seasons. On May 1, 2009, Ellen celebrated her 100th episode. Her 2000th show took place in December of 2015.
DeGeneres joined the panel of judges on “American Idol” in 2010. She took over for Paula Abdul. She left after only one season because it “didn’t feel like the right fit for me.”
DeGeneres began hosting the game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” on NBC in the 2017-2018 television season, which expanded on games played on her talk show.
DeGeneres has also hosted the Emmys, the Grammys, and the Academy Awards.
How much does Ellen DeGeneres make from her show?
According to reports in 2017, DeGeneres earns $50 million per year from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which debuted in September 2003. Not just because of her fantastic hosting duties, dancing, and sense of humor: Forbes reports that she also has a smart contract that nets her roughly 60% of the profits the daytime staple makes from product placement, advertising, and carrying fees. Celebrity Net Worth estimates DeGeneres’ salary to be $75 million in 2022.
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. She began dating actress Anne Heche the same year. They were together until August 2000. DeGeneres was linked to actress Alexandra Hedison from 2000 to 2004. She began dating actress Portia de Rossi in 2004. They married in Beverly Hills, California, in August 2008.
Ellen and Portia are both vegetarians.
For Ellen’s 60th birthday in January 2018, Portia de Rossi gave her a permanent gorilla home in Rwanda built in her honor for the Digit Fund. This donation was made as part of the Digit Fund’s new Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.