NEW YORK – Ellen DeGeneres is calling the time on her longtime talk show, according to reports.
The daytime host, who has seen a leaderboard hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided her next season will be her last, ending in 2022. This coincides with the end of her contract.
“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 no longer a challenge,” DeGeneres said. Hollywood journalist, who first broke the news.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which began airing in 2003 and is distributed by Warner Bros., features a mix of dancing, games, and giveaways with top-notch celebrities. But the host, who built her brand on the motto “Be Kind,” opened Season 18 in September with a lengthy apology.
Three of the show’s producers came out over the summer amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored inappropriate behavior, including sexual misconduct and racist-insensitive remarks.
Nielsen data shows The Ellen DeGeneres Show viewership has dropped by 1.1 million people this season, from 2.6 million viewers to 1.5 million viewers.
DeGeneres received the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Award for American Humor in 2015 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom under Barack Obama in 2016. In addition to her talk show, she appeared on Fox’s The masked dancer, NBC Ellen’s play set and HBO Max’s Ellen’s next great designer.
DeGeneres’ scripted TV show Ellen became a historical landmark in television history in the 1990s when his character became gay.
By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer