Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she is planning to end her long-running daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” in 2022, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
“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 THR in an interview published Wednesday.
The Ellen show is currently in its 18th season and has won 64 Daytime Emmy Awards. According to the report, the show will wrap after Season 19. The news of DeGeneres ending her talk show comes after a pandemic-impacted season. The show went on a break when DeGeneres was diagnosed with COVID-19 in December. Last summer, staffing changes were also made after some producers were called out for creating a toxic work environment.
DeGeneres spoke about the adverse reports saying that she was taking “responsibility” and that she was “sorry” anyone had a negative experience behind the scenes when her show returned in September for the Season 18 premiere. However, DeGeneres told THR that her show’s issues are not the reason for her ending the show, but it has impacted her decision.
“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 see 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.
One of the hardest parts of her decision is that she will be missing her staff, DeGeneres said.
“Listen, this is my family. They’ve become my best friends,” she added. “I come to work, and I laugh every single day.”