NEW YORK (AP) – Ellen DeGeneres is calling for time for her long-running talk show.
The daytime host, who has seen a ratings hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided that the upcoming 19th season will be the last, ending in 2022. It coincides with the end of her contract.
“While all good things have to come to an end, you still have the hope that the really great things never will,” Mike Darnell, president of non-scripted TV for Warner Bros., said in a statement Wednesday. “It was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it will be sorely missed.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, which first made the news, DeGeneres said that “as great as this show is, and as much fun as it is”, it is no longer a creative challenge.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired in 2003 and is distributed by Warner Bros., features a mix of dancing, games and giveaways, along with A-list celebrities. But the host, who built her brand under the motto ‘Be Kind’, opened season 18 in September with a lengthy apology.
Three of the show’s producers left over the summer over allegations of a dysfunctional workplace harboring misconduct, including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive comments.
While the allegations were “very hurtful to me,” they did not affect her decision to leave the show, DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter. “I wouldn’t have come back this season,” she said.
Nielsen data shows that viewership on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has dropped 1.1 million people this season, from 2.6 million viewers to 1.5 million viewers.
DeGeneres received the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2015 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom under Barack Obama in 2016. Ellen’s Game of Games ”and HBO Max’s“ Ellen’s Next Great Designer ”.
DeGeneres’ scripted TV show ‘Ellen’ became a historic milestone in TV history in the 1990s when her character came out as gay.