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Sunday night marked the last and final show for the dancing, twirling, talented elephants at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Ringings final 11 performing elephants took the stage in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island on Sunday for the last time, ending 145 years of circus tradition by “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

“This is a very emotional time for us,” Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd in Providence, Rhode Island.

“We love our girls,” Lee said of the elephants. “Thank you so much for so many years of joy. That’s history tonight there, ladies and gentlemen, true American icons.”

The move to retire the elephants from the famous show comes after years of protests by animal rights activists. “(It’s) nothing more than a breeding facility, where elephants are chained for approximately 16 hours a day or more in concrete-floored barns and still beaten with bullhooks,” PETA’s Arth said. “When they’re allowed outside, they’re confined to small, virtually barren paddocks.”

Ryan Henning, animal trainer at the show for 12 years, called the change “bittersweet” and said the one moment he will miss most is when the curtain opens for the first time. “When the elephants peek through the curtain … the crowd’s reaction just goes crazy,” he said.

The elephants will now live at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida with the rest of the retired elephants.

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Finally! Taraji P. Henson Confirms Relationship With NFL Baller Kelvin Hayden

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Taraji is finally letting the world know what it already knew – she’s in a relationship with NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Henson dished the (cold) tea while on Essence’s Yes, Girl! podcast saying that the reason she kept it a secret was because she’s a private person.

“I’m not the type to blast my personal business. But, you know, I think that’s important for people to know. I’m happy. I’m very very happy. I just am,” the “Empire” actress shared.

Rumors first circulated in December 2015 about Henson and 34-year-old Hayden, who played for the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts, after photos surfaced of the pair holding hands in Miami. Though Hayden has appeared on her Instagram feed, the Golden Globe winner never confirmed the intimate details until now.

“You know, we’ve been together for two years. No one would really know that because I don’t really blast my info like that. But I’m very happy,” she said.

Taraji girl we could tell. The Hidden Figures actress even broke out singing, “Finally! It has happened to me,”—quoting the CeCe Peniston‘s song “Finally.”

Henson also revealed the couple will be celebrating the holidays together with the new puppy Hayden gifted her with as an early Christmas present.

“Big #KBall with Lil squirt #KBall watching daddy brush his teeth! 😩😂😂😂,” she wrote, teasing a photo of her boo and new pup.

And speaking of Christmas, in case you missed it Taraji hosted her “White Hot Holidays” special on Fox Wednesday night. Peep the clips of Henson having some fun with her celebrity guests including Method Man, DJ Khaled, Neicy Nash, Salt-N-Pepa and The Ying Yang Twins.

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