Ellen DeGeneres to End Her Long-Running Talkshow

Wednesday May 12, 2021

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres  (Source:Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Ellen DeGeneres will end her Emmy Award-winning daytime talkshow with its 19th season next year, she told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday.

THR reports that the decision to end the program came from DeGeneres — a decision that is said to be several years in the making — and that she'll announce it on her May 13 episode during a chat with Oprah Winfrey. She informed her staff of her decision on May 11.

"When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore," DeGeneres told the THR.

The announcement comes after DeGeneres, who built her brand on the phrase "Be Kind," was at the center of a toxic workplace controversy last summer, which, after an internal investigation, resulted in the firing of three executives. When DeGeneres returned to her show for Season 18 in September, she addressed the controversy in her opening monologue. Despite that episode earning high ratings, viewership for her show has recently slipped. When speaking to THR, she said that she isn't quitting due to the allegations, saying, "if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn't have come back this season."

"I was going to stop after season 16. That was going to be my last season and they wanted to sign for four more years and I said I'd sign for maybe for one. They were saying there was no way to sign for one. 'We can't do that with the affiliates and the stations need more of a commitment,'" she also told THR. "So, we [settled] on three more years and I knew that would be my last. That's been the plan all along. And everybody kept saying, even when I signed, 'You know, that's going to be 19, don't you want to just go to 20? It's a good number. So is 19."

For her future, DeGeneres said she doesn't "even know the answer."

"I have some ideas but my agent is just like, 'Why don't you just sit still for a minute. You probably don't even know how exhausted you are and what it's going to be like to sit still,'" she explained. "And I don't know how long I'll be able to do that because I'm like a Ferrari in neutral.

"I'm constantly needing to go. So, that's my first challenge and then I'm going to figure it out. I wouldn't have thought I was ever going to do a talk show when I stopped doing movies and sitcoms. I thought that that was the only path. And then all of a sudden there was a talk show that took me on this 19-year journey," she added.

Click here to read DeGeneres's full interview with THR, where she discusses more about her future plans, reasons for ending her talkshow, what to expect with her chat with Winfrey and more.

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