All things must come to an end. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will reportedly be closing up its sets after 18 seasons on the air. These reports come after the show has struggled in ratings this season.
“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 tells The Hollywood Reporter. This was the first time the talk show host discussed the move publicly.
“Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that truly great things never will,” says Warner Bros.’ Unscripted TV President Mike Darnell, according to the outlet. Darnell, who as recently as late April, asked DeGeneres to reconsider ending her show.
However, The New York Times shared that Ellen DeGeneres’ wife, Portia De Rossi, has been asking her to slow down in a 2018 post. Meanwhile, her comedian brother and Warner Bros. executives urged her to continue.
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Ratings
Ratings for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” have fallen in recent months. This came after several employees, both current and past, accused the host of toxic behavior. They said DeGeneres ignored blatant intimidation and bullying tactics on her set.
After the controversy, DeGeneres attempted to apologize in her return to the air. She addressed her employees in a monologue to kick off the season.
“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility. I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” DeGeneres said in the season premiere. “This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be, and if I’ve ever let someone down if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that,’ she said. ‘If that’s ever the case, I’ve let myself down and I’ve hurt myself as well because I always try to grow as a person.”
But audiences apparently didn’t accept DeGeneres’s on-air apology as genuine. Because ratings have continued to fall. For instance, in New York City and Chicago, the show is down almost 40 percent. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the show lost a whopping 59 percent of viewers. The show is down almost 1.1 million viewers from the same time frame last year.
“The show has bled viewers since the toxic environment around Ellen and her show was made public,” the source said. They expect an official announcement on Wednesday afternoon.