Ellen DeGeneres to end talk show after 19 seasons: ‘I need something new to challenge me’

Ellen DeGeneres
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After 19 seasons of her famous talk show, Ellen DeGeneres will be taking her final bow.

On Wednesday, DeGeneres confirmed that her upcoming season will be the last to air after more than a decade.

“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. I need something new to challenge me,” DeGeneres told Hollywood Reporter.

The talk show host reportedly spoke to her staff on May 11 and will sit down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news on the “Ellen Show” that will air on May 13.

Before making this announcement, the show had to halt production due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March, the daytime talk show came under fire with many past employees making claims about a toxic workplace environment.

The controversy led WarnerMedia to investigate and oust three senior producers on the show.

DeGeneres has previously issued an apology to fans of the show, saying, “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”

The 63-year-old star confronted the claims and apologized to her staff.
“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”

DeGeneres wrote in a memo to staff that she has “deep compassion” for people who are treated unfairly or disregarded. Coming from someone who has been judged for “who I am,” said DeGeneres, who has been public about the difficulties she's faced for being openly gay.

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