Ellen DeGeneres is learning to use her free time wisely.
The 64-year-old retired talk show host is back with a new short docu-style comedy series, following her out of work as she tries to learn new hobbies and stay preoccupied .
Double About Time For Yourself… with Ellenthe series will be shared weekly on Ellen’s YouTube channel, starting Saturday.
“You know, lately I’ve been taking some time just for myself, away from the cameras,” DeGeneres said in a clip where she wears a multicolored striped sweater. “And I had such a good time, I thought I’d share some of what I did with you. And then I shouted, ‘Portia, take the camera’, so I thanked Portia for doing this. Great job so far.”
As DeGeneres learns her new skills, so can her fans. While staying at home, the eight-episode series shows the comedian learning to crochet, birdwatching, card making, and more.
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“After stepping out of the spotlight on her iconic talk show, Ellen is trying something daring and new: being unemployed,” reads a description for the show, which will also be posted on Instagram’s social media. Ellen. “Following the Great Resignation, she reconnects with her audience who may also have more free time, and if not, could certainly use some. In this new series shot in her home, Ellen shares her own attempts to try new things and make some time for me in her very Ellen way.”
DeGeneres has officially ended her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, returning in May after 19 seasons in total. The series is one of the most decorated in television history, winning 61 Emmys and counting 11 of them for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show/Talk Show (surpassing the record set by The Oprah Winfrey Show).
For her final episode, DeGeneres welcomed her very first guest Jennifer Aniston to close out the series. Aniston even gave the host a “Thanks for the Memories” welcome mat for a great start.
Pink – who wrote the Emmy Award-winning theme song ‘Today’s the Day’, also performed on her final episode, as another music superstar in Billie Eilish appeared and was remembered by his first television appearance at age 16 on the show.
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As a final goodbye, DeGeneres – who started the show when her career was just beginning to rebound from the backlash she received after her 1997 exit – spoke to her viewers and encouraged them to be “brave”. , “compassionate” and to make others happy. “To all of you who have watched and supported me, thank you so much for this platform,” she said. “And I hope what I’ve been able to do over the past 19 years has made you happy and that I’ve been able to take some of the pain away from a bad day or whatever you’re going through.”
Steve Granitz/Wireframe Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
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Meanwhile, in August, DeGeneres and his wife Portia de Rossi celebrated 14 years of marriage to DeGeneres by sharing a video on Instagram with sweet memories of their time together. The post was captioned with a statement Rossi made at their wedding: “It’s good to be loved. It’s deep to be understood.”
“We grew up together as a couple, and we really consider each other and put our relationship first,” de Rossi said in PEOPLE’s 2021 love issue. “By doing this, you become much more solid. I can’t imagine spending time with anyone other than her.”