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ELLEN BACK? Keith Barry opens up about his 'positive' time on The Ellen Show and admits he wants one more appearance


Keith Barry on The Ellen Show last October

Keith Barry on The Ellen Show last October

Keith Barry on The Ellen Show last October

Keith Barry said he’s sorry to see the Ellen DeGeneres Show come to an end, admitting it has ‘done a lot’ for his career.

The Irish mentalist and illusionist has been a regular on the talk show through the years, even appearing virtually on the show just last October.

Despite the wide spread accusations of a toxic work environment that have severely tarnished the talk show host's reputation over the last year, the 44-year-old magician said he’s only ever had a good time with the host and crew.

He told the Mirror: “I was on it about seven times and I have had brilliant times on Ellen. And all positive experiences.”

Following the host’s announcement this week that she has decided to end her run next year, the Waterford native credited the opportunities it has opened up for him.

“Obviously, it is a huge show. And for me, it has done a lot for my career. Even that performance that I had in October last year, I ended up doing about 15 virtual events in the US that I probably otherwise wouldn’t have gotten had I not been on Ellen. And obviously, the virtual world is the new world for me right now.”

On the accusations that have since come out, he continued: “I didn’t see many guests coming out and saying that [negative experiences] I think it was mainly the workplace and the environment, which obviously we wouldn’t have seen too much of.

“Again, I can only speak from experience that all of the producers, director, Ellen herself, I had a fantastic time every time.

“So look obviously there was a problem there and they seemed to have got in and dug it out and weeded out the problems, but for me, speaking from experience, I had nothing but fantastic times.”

The chat show has been running for 18 years and racked up more than 3,000 episodes in that time.

It’ll now come to an end in 2022 after the conclusion of its 19th season, and Barry said he’d love to return for one last time before the curtain falls next year.

“I’ve been on it like seven times, which is a lot, so it would be wonderful to go on again, and if I was to go on again I’d love to do it in person.

“So it would be lovely to get back on for one more go of it before it finishes up.”

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