The Ellen DeGeneres Show to end in 2022
"It’s just not a challenge anymore,” says renowned US talk show host.
Ellen DeGeneres will end her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show with her upcoming 19th season.
It will wrap in 2022.
The decision, said to have been several years in the making, was imparted to staff on May 11th, will be discussed with guest and friend Oprah Winfrey on Ellen’s May 13th 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.
DeGeneres originally planned to conclude with her 16th season.
“That was going to be my last season and they wanted to sign for four more years and I said I’d sign for maybe for one,” she explains. In the end she signed for 3.
But headlines swirled around allegations of a toxic workplace, prompting an internal investigation and dismissal of key executives. She opened season 18 with a lengthy apology, telling viewers, “I learned that things happen here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.” But viewership waned meaning she never recovered from the artillery.
DeGeneres will remain a part of the Warner Bros. family, having built a sprawling portfolio of unscripted shows, including The Masked Dancer, Ellen’s Game of Games and Ellen’s Next Great Designer.
DeGeneres is coy about her next chapter, she is hopeful a juicy acting role and more time for her conservation efforts.
The show screens in Australia on Nine and FOX Arena.