Ellen DeGeneres walks away from her talk show empire

DeGeneres won over audiences after she came out in 1997

But recent criticism of a hostile work environment undermined her friendly reputation

With tear-stained cheeks, Ellen DeGeneres signed off her chatshow for the final time on Thursday

Ending a daytime TV juggernaught that had lasted 19 years.

Final show included Billie Eilish, Pink and Jennifer Aniston, making her 20th appearance – a run that dates back to the syndicated chatshow’s debut

It also saw DeGeneres’s brother, Vance, and her wife, Portia de Rossi, well with emotion