Ellen DeGeneres is about to hang up her dancing shoes.
The comedian and talk-show host announced today (Wednesday, May 12) that the upcoming 19th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be its last. She will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on May 13 to discuss her decision to end her talk show.
“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 Hollywood Reporter.
Even though DeGeneres came under fire last year for reports about the show’s toxic workplace, she says those allegations did not impact the series’ future. In fact, she was originally going to end with Season 16 but decided to sign on for three more years.
“Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that truly great things never will,” said Warner Bros.’ unscripted TV president Mike Darnell, adding that the show is “an absolute phenomenon,” having established itself “as the premiere destination for both superstars and incredible heartfelt human-interest stories.”
As NewNowNext has reported at length, a number of allegations surfaced throughout 2020 surrounding DeGeneres and her staff’s “demeaning” treatment of their employees. The Ellen Show’s ratings took a hit amid the controversies, and rumors circulated that the show was going to be canceled, although her production company repeatedly denied them.
In the opening monologue from the Season 18 premiere of The Ellen Show, the comedian took a beat to address the allegations. “If you’re watching this because you love me, thank you,” she quipped to the show’s virtual audience. “If you’re watching this because you don’t love me, welcome.”
Talking to THR, DeGeneres admitted that even though the daily talk show is fun, “it’s just not a challenge anymore. I need something new to challenge me.”
Just because the comedian is stepping away from her chat-fest doesn’t mean she’s leaving the small screen. She still has Ellen’s Game of Games on NBC and HBO Max’s Ellen’s Next Great Designer. She even revealed to THR how she is open to returning to movies and will be busy helping to open her campus in Rwanda next year.