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As The Ellen DeGeneres Show approaches its final episode after 19 years, the talk show host has revealed how she has managed to pull off so many of her famous celebrity scares.

A tunnel was actually built under the stage for the purpose of producers being able to jump out and scare DeGeneres’ big-name guests.

Giving fans a behind-the-scenes at the “anatomy of a scare”, executive producer Andy Lassner said the celebrity guests always enjoyed being scared at the show.

“Celebrities have gotten on the phone with our producers and said, ‘Why hasn’t Ellen ever tried to scare me?’” Lassner said, who has been with the show since it first aired in 2003.

“They are always grateful for it. They always love it. Their favourite clip to show the next time they come is ‘when you scared me’.

“There has never been a bad feeling about the scaring.”

DeGeneres, aged 64, announced in May last year she was ending the series following toxic workplace allegations, including sexual misconduct.

A Warner Bros internal investigation following months of negative press led to the firings of top producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman mid-2020.

The final episode has already been filmed and will air on the 26th of May.

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This article first appeared on OverSixty.