Ellen DeGeneres ending her talk show after 19 seasons: ‘It’s just not a challenge anymore’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen DeGeneres is discontinuing her talk show.

After the conclusion of its 19th season, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which is now in its 18th, will come to an end in 2022.

The decision to discontinue the talk show has been a long time coming, and it’s probable that it would have ended much sooner if the talk show presenter hadn’t been persuaded to keep going by various people in her life.

“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.

“I was going to stop after season 16,” she said. But executives wanted her to sign on for four more seasons. She said she could give one more.

She was told that “affiliates and the stations need more of a commitment.”

“So, we [settled] on three more years and I knew that would be my last. That’s been the plan all along. And everybody kept saying, even when I signed, ‘You know, that’s going to be 19, don’t you want to just go to 20? It’s a good number.’ So is 19.”

Nevertheless, despite her years of generosity, DeGeneres and her show came under fire during the following few years.

The show lost 1 million viewers when it returned for its 18th season in September 2020 due to the claims of a hazardous workplace.

DeGeneres, though, insisted that the accusations had nothing to do with her choice to cancel her talk show.
“It almost impacted the show. It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”

As for DeGeneres has in mind for the next chapter of her life, she’s not sure.

“Look, I don’t even know the answer. I’ve been trying to think about that. I have some ideas but my agent is just like, ‘Why don’t you just sit still for a minute. You probably don’t even know how exhausted you are and what it’s going to be like to sit still.’”

While she’d be open to doing a sitcom, she’s more interested in movies. However, DeGeneres is also thinking about life outside of Hollywood.

“I’m opening up my campus in Rwanda next year and I want to be more involved with conservation and everything that matters to me as far as the environment and animals.”

DeGeneres will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on May 13 to discuss her decision to end her longtime talk show.

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