“It’s just not a challenge anymore,” the host says.
In January 2020, DeGeneres received the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes for her work on television.
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Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show The Ellen Show will end in 2022 after its 19th season. The talk show host made an official announcement in a video posted to her YouTube channel Wednesday.
DeGeneres talked about hosting over 3,000 shows and said, “Today, I’m announcing that next season, season 19, is going to be my last season.”
DeGeneres will apparently further discuss the move with daytime predecessor Oprah Winfrey on Thursday’s 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.
News of the show’s end comes after BuzzFeed reported last summer on allegations of a toxic workplace environment, and after a drop of what The New York Times reported was more than a million viewers during the 2020-2021 television season.
“Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that the truly great things never will,” Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. unscripted television division, said in a statement. “The show and Ellen brought comedy, joy, happiness, comfort (and dancing!) to countless millions every day for 18 years. It was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it will be sorely missed.”
DeGeneres’ representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.