Last night, we saw Ellen DeGeneres on her Last Stand…Up Tour.

Ellen has been silent for two years since her show ended after 19 years.

The show ended because former employees complained about a toxic workplace created by producers and senior managers.

This devastated Ellen because she's all about making people happy and having fun.

She never imagined the show would be so successful.

Looking back, she admits she wasn't as involved in daily activities of the show as she should have been.

She was overwhelmed.

She said “I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

After two years of self-reflection, she's sharing her thoughts on her farewell tour before she goes into retirement.

Ellen admitted it's been a tough journey but now she's in a place where she can talk about how she was kicked out of show business…twice.

Once for being gay.

And now because of the accusations about a toxic workplace.

The show last night was funny from beginning to end with a lot of vulnerability mixed in.

It was very emotional at times.

Ellen shared that her mother has dementia and doesn't always remember her.

Recently she asked Ellen if she graduated from college.

When Ellen said no, her mother said “Too bad, I would have been proud of you.”

What has Ellen been up to for the past two years?

She's focused on doing things that make her happy.

What makes her happy after a successful 40-year career in comedy?

Spending time with her chickens.

She's also working out and meditating every day.

During a Q&A session at the end of the show, one woman said she wanted to be just like Ellen and wanted advice.

She wanted to be a standup comedian and have a successful television show.

Ellen told her not to focus on being a standup comedian and having a successful show.

Focus on what makes you happy and don't imitate other people.

Be genuine and authentic.

Be yourself.

My biggest takeaway from the show?

Focus on what makes you happy.

So what makes you happy?


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