Ellen DeGeneres will end her daytime talk show in 2022

TV host Ellen DeGeneres is ending her hit TV variety/comedy/talk show at the end of this season. For more than 18 years, she danced with her guests and the public, played games and pranks with them, and handed out prizes. She’s interviewed everyone from Hollywood stars to precocious children. But now she and Warner Brothers Television have said The Ellen DeGeneres Show will end in 2022.

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged,” DeGeneres said. The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview, “and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

She will talk about her decision on her show today. And tomorrow, she’ll sit down with her friend and guest Oprah Winfrey to talk some more.

“Although all good things must come to an end, there is always hope that the really great things will never happen,” Mike Darnell, president of Warner Brothers Unscripted Television, said in a statement. He said DeGeneres’ show “started as the little program that could and did become an absolute phenomenon. Over the years, it has established itself as the premier destination for superstars and incredible human-interest stories. The show and Ellen have brought comedy, joy, happiness, comfort (and dance!) to countless millions of people every day for 18 years. It was and is an indelible part of the television landscape. , and he will be sorely missed.”

The comedian started his talk show in 2003, five years after he came out on his sitcom, Ellen, and announcing on the cover of Weather Magazine“Yes, I’m gay.” For this, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center and her television show won daytime Emmys.

“Contrary to her public image as everyone’s good friend, happy to listen, she presents herself – with tongue in cheek – as an aloof and indifferent comic, stuck in a privileged bubble, making several jokes, for example , on his fabulous wealth, ” The New York Times wrote in a DeGeneres profile. In the article, his wife, actress Portia de Rossi, encouraged her to step away from her talk show. “I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and stand-up that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi said. “There are other things she could tackle.” But DeGeneres said her brother and Warner Brothers executives urged her to stay, saying audiences need her positivity on TV every day. She signed a new contract.

But last year, former and current staffers who remained anonymous claimed the show was a toxic place to work. They said News Feed they were subjected to racist comments, fear and bullying on set, and some claimed to have been sexually harassed by the show’s producers. WarnerMedia investigated and fired three of the show’s executive producers and the head writer. DeGeneres, who based her character on urging people to “be nice,” apologized to his staff. In a memo, she wrote that “she wanted her show to be a place where ‘no one would ever raise their voice and everyone would be treated with respect.’

It opened its 18th season in September with an apology to its audience. “I learned that things have happened here that should never have happened. I take it very seriously,” she said. “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.”

DeGeneres said the show is starting a new chapter. “My intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry. If that’s the case, i let myself down and hurt myself too because i always try to grow as a person i look at everything that comes into my life is an opportunity to learn i got into this job to make people laugh and feel good. That’s my favorite thing to do. And Jinga.

Warner Brothers says DeGeneres will continue on Fox The Masked DancerNBC Ellen’s Game of Games and HBO Max Ellen’s Next Great Designer. Her Ellen Digital Ventures includes more than 60 original series, including Momsplaining with Kristin Bell. She also produces documentaries and specials for Discovery, and according to Hollywood journalist, she hopes for more acting roles and time for her conservation efforts.

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