Ellen DeGeneres will end her daytime talk show in 2022

Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is ending her longtime talk show in 2022.

The comedian and host told Hollywood journalist that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will end after its upcoming 19th season.

DeGeneres informed her staff this week of the decision and was also expected to discuss the news with her predecessor Oprah Winfrey during the show’s May 13 episode, according to the outlet.

“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 just isn’t challenging anymore,” DeGeneres told the Hollywood Reporter.

The show, which first aired in 2003, has won dozens of awards, including more than 60 Daytime Emmy Awards. She filmed over 3,000 episodes and chatted with thousands of celebrity guests and celebrities during her run.

DeGeneres revealed that the decision to end the show was something she had struggled with for years. His wife, Portia de Rossi, had in the past encouraged her to leave the show with such a hectic filming schedule, while her brother and Warner Bros. executives. had urged her to continue, as shared in a 2018 profile by the New York Times.

Ellen DeGeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Last summer, she faced allegations of a toxic work environment in a Buzzfeed News report. Three of the producers of the show are gone amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misconduct, including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.

DeGeneres used the show’s 18th season opening monologue to respond to the allegations, apologizing for things “that should never have happened.”

“I know I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show,” she told AFP. era.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations over the past few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future,” she continued. “We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”

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Before her talk show success, DeGeneres made history in 1997 with a “Yep, I’m Gay” headline on the cover of Time magazine and the same statement on her sitcom, “Ellen.” She was network television’s first prime-time star to come out, capturing the hearts of gay and straight fans amid a whirlwind of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times at home. screen and off.

Years later, DeGeneres said the decision to come out was because she was done lying and hiding.

“It’s become more important to me than my career,” she told The Associated Press in 2017. “I suddenly said, ‘Why am I, you know, ashamed of who I am just? to succeed and be famous in the eyes of society?’ “

The episode was watched by approximately 44 million viewers. He won an Emmy for Writing, a Peabody for Landmark in Broadcasting, and numerous other accolades. But the following season took a ratings hit, criticized by some as unfunny and “too gay”. Sponsors fled and the sitcom was cancelled.

DeGeneres said she then went into a “hole,” a deep depression, where she was out of work for more than three years.

But she eventually made a dramatic comeback, hosting the hit daytime talk show and providing the voice of Dory in the hit 2003 animated film “Finding Nemo” and the 2016 spin-off “Finding Dory.” .

Former President Barack Obama also awarded him the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, in 2016.

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This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Associated Press contributed.

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