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Ellen DeGeneres reveals why she decided to return to stand-up comedy for her new Netflix series

The talk show host reveals how her new series came about

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Ellen DeGeneres has revealed the reason she chose to return to stand-up comedy for the first time in fifteen years.

The TV host sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to speak all about her new Netflix special, ‘Relatable’, which follows her stand-up shows.

Ellen admitted that she used to joke at her comedy gigs about having her own talk show: “I was done with it, you know? I did it for like 20 years. I used to joke, when I was touring, ‘Someday, you’ll all come to me.’ And now they do. So I just stopped going out.”

The presenter continued to say that she never thought she’d return to that type of work: “It was my life for twenty years, and it was touring, and it was really hard because it was the beginning, and no one knows who you are. So when I was done with it, I was done.”


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But fifteen years later the comedian started to miss it: “And then it had been fifteen years and I decided I miss it and thought it would be a challenge to do another one, and I just decided to start writing. And I’m really happy with it.”

Ellen explained how she wants this series to show the public a different side to her: “People know me from my talk show but they don’t I mean, a lot of people know that I did stand up, but I’ve been on the air for 16 years, and some people just know my talk show. I wanted them to know that I did something different.”

The 60-year-old also revealed she uses her life experiences in her new stand-up comedy show: “It’s called Relatable because I believe everyone is relatable, no matter if our lives are different, but I get to kind of peel back the curtain.”

“It’s a funny special, but it’s also meaningful. Like, I share things that happened in my life and things that changed my life, and what I believe that we all are which is relatable.”