“It’s no longer a challenge”
Ellen DeGeneres quits daytime TV as longtime host reveals she is ending The Ellen DeGeneres Show after nearly 20 years.
The upcoming 19th season of the show will be the last as the decision fell to DeGeneres who reportedly planned this for several years. DeGeneres is expected to discuss the decision about her schedule with fellow daytime giant and friend Oprah Winfrey.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news, sharing a statement from DeGeneres. “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 a challenge anymore.”
The show’s conclusion has been in the works since 2018, when DeGeneres openly discussed the possibility of leaving the show, signing a three-season deal as sort of the beginning of the end.
“Although all good things must come to an end, you always have hope that the really great things will never happen,” Warner Bros. Unscripted TV president Mike Darnell said THR. He also noted that The Ellen DeGeneres Show was “the premier destination for superstars and incredible, heartfelt human-interest stories”.
The news comes shortly after a backstage row at the talk show in which former employees accused the production of having a toxic work environment. At the time, DeGeneres responded to the allegations made against the producers and said, “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take this very seriously and want to say that I am truly sorry for those who have been affected. »
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