“If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year”
Ellen DeGeneres has given an interview on ending her talk show.
Ellen DeGeneres has given an interview to NBC Today show’s Savannah Guthrie on ending her talk show.
“If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year,” DeGeneres said. “I really did think about not coming back because…it was devastating. I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy.
“I just kept saying to Portia [de Rossi], ‘If I was a fan of somebody and even if I loved them….I would think there must be some truth to it, because it’s not stopping.’
“Right on the heels of that, I read in the press that there’s a toxic work environment, which I had no idea, never saw anything that would even point to that.”
When Guthrie asked DeGeneres if she felt like she was being “cancelled” she said, “I really didn’t understand it. I still don’t understand it.
“It was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated. People get picked on, but for four months straight for me. And then for me to read in the press about a toxic work environment, when all I’ve ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is and what a happy place this is.”
She added, “I don’t know how I could have known when there’s 255 employees here and there are a lot of different buildings….
“It is my name on the show, so clearly it affects me and I have to be the one to stand up and say, ‘This can’t be tolerated.’
” Unless I literally stay here until the last person goes home at night…. but I do wish somebody would have come to me and said, ‘Hey, something’s going on that you should know about.’”
On the question of lower ratings she said, “Everything in Television is down. It’s got nothing to do with why I’m leaving. If I was having fun I would do the show with nobody watching.
“I really truly believe next year will be an amazing year. … if [EllenTube] is the way people are watching it that’s ok too.”