Jennifer Aniston Recalls Filming the Last Episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show: ‘So Bizarrely Sad’

Jennifer Aniston Recalls Filming the Last Episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show: ‘So Bizarrely Sad’

Jennifer Aniston had hassle holding it collectively whereas filming the ultimate episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Present.

“It was so bizarrely unhappy,” Aniston, 53, recollects to PEOPLE completely. “I’ve to say, as a result of I did the present originally of the 12 months and I used to be actually emotional then, and I form of was like, ‘I am unable to try this on the final present. I will actually lose it.'”

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Aniston, who’s working because the Chief Artistic Officer for Important Proteins, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Present a number of instances all through its 19-season run.

The actress was DeGeneres’ first visitor when the present premiered in September 2003 — and in a full circle second, she returned for the ultimate episode, which taped on April 28 and aired practically a month in a while Could 26.

In the course of the collection finale, Aniston and DeGeneres, 64, reminisced about all their shared recollections on the present. The Mates actress then gifted DeGeneres a “Thanks for the Reminiscences” welcome mat, in a nod to the mat she gave the host throughout their first on-air dialog years in the past.

Ellen DeGeneres is seen throughout a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Picture by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

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Earlier than taping the section in studio, the Morning Present actress tells PEOPLE she requested to see her buddy backstage one last time.

“We made certain we noticed one another beforehand so we might get any of that [emotion] out,” shares Aniston, who was joined by singers Pink and Billie Eilish as company on the finale. “It did not really feel just like the final present. It was weird.”

And although it has been a number of weeks since DeGeneres has wrapped the collection, Aniston says she nonetheless hasn’t processed how she’ll by no means be a visitor on the speak present once more.

“I nonetheless cannot wrap my head round [the fact] that that is it,” she says. “It is not going to be there anymore, as a result of it was such a staple.”

“Regardless that the world was there earlier than Ellen and now it will be there after, she was such a supply of leisure and love and pleasure and laughter for folks. It is unhappy,” she provides. “I do not perceive what is going on to fill it.”

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Whereas Aniston digests the top of an period with DeGeneres’ present, she’s additionally staying busy by specializing in her well being and health.

In partnership with the collagen model Important Proteins, the Mates star helped launch their second marketing campaign, “Each Second is Important.”

The model provides dietary supplements in powders in addition to 200-calorie protein bars, which are available flavors like peanut butter fudge, chilly brew espresso and darkish chocolate coconut — and in line with Aniston, they’ve turn into her go-to supply of gas to get her by her busy days.

“I am not a morning individual [or] a morning eater,” the actress shares. “It is the proper factor for me to have proper earlier than a exercise, simply to get just a little gas and just a little little bit of vitamin. I normally have a cooler with me in my automotive and I put a few bars in there.”

“It is an effective way to get by your day if you cannot get to a correct meal and it is an ideal little bit to type of maintain you over,” she provides. “The flavors are so scrumptious. We had a lot enjoyable creating them.”

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As for Aniston’s secrets and techniques to how she appears to be like good and feels even higher?

“I do not put a lot stress on myself,” she says. “What these final couple [of] years has taught us all is you simply cannot sweat the small stuff and being grateful for each single day for our friendships.”

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“We’re all in these hamster wheels going, going, going, going, going, going, deadlines, deadlines, deadlines, getting in your automotive, driving right here and being,” she continues. “After which to truly cease and notice, ‘Oh.’ You virtually do not even notice how a lot you are driving your self to full capability. It is not wholesome.”

She provides: “So it was good to type of decelerate and never put a lot stress [on yourself] and have boundaries and be capable of say, ‘You realize what? I am not going to do these three issues again to again. I will take two months and simply digest what I simply did and take into consideration what is going on to be subsequent.'”

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