Ellen DeGeneres announced this week that she’s planning on ending her long-running daytime talk show in 2022.
“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.”
A representative for DeGeneres confirmed the news this week as well: “‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ which has won 64 daytime Emmy Awards, is currently in its 18th season. The show will wrap after Season 19. DeGeneres will discuss her decision in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, scheduled to air on Thursday’s episode.”
The past year of the Covid-19 pandemic has also impacted the show, as it has the entire entertainment industry. The show went on a brief hiatus in December when DeGeneres was diagnosed with Covid-19. Staffing changes also were made last summer after some producers were called out for creating a toxic work environment.
When her show returned in September for the Season 18 premiere, DeGeneres spoke about the negative reports and allegations and claimed that she was taking “responsibility” and “sorry” for anyone behind the scenes who had negative experiences.
DeGeneres also emphasized, however, that the allegations and discussions of a toxic work environment isn’t the reason that the show is coming to an end, although it definitely had an impact on her.
“If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping, but it was hard because I was sitting at home, it was summer, and I saw a story that people have to chew gum before they talk to me and I’m like, ‘OK, this is hilarious.’ Then I see another story of some other ridiculous thing and then it just didn’t stop. And I wasn’t working, so I had no platform, and I didn’t want to address it on [Twitter] and I thought if I just don’t address it, it’s going to go away because it was all so stupid,” she said.
She also explained how one of the most difficult parts of her decisions is saying goodbye to her staff.
“Listen, this is my family. They’ve become my best friends. I come to work and I laugh every single day.”
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