Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Why She’s Ending Her Talk Show

by Halle Ames

After 18 seasons, Ellen DeGeneres has decided to cancel her hit talk show next year, but she notes that it isn’t over the claims of a toxic workplace.

Last year, when claims that Ellen DeGeneres ran a very toxic workplace, her show was in hot water. The talk show held an internal investigation following the allegation. During her show’s premiere in September, the long-term host gave a lengthy apology about the treatment of those that worked for her. The premiere was the most-watched one in four years for DeGeneres.

However, it wasn’t long-lasting. The Ellen DeGeneres show’s viewer ratings dropped dramatically. According to The New York Times, after the premier, the daytime talk show lost over one million viewers. In the last six months, DeGeneres has averaged 1.5 million viewers an episode. At the same time, a year prior, the show was averaging 2.6 million viewers.

Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About Show

Ellen Degeneres has come forward with her reasoning for the show’s termination, and she notes that it isn’t due to the toxic workplace scandal or the drop in rating. In an interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie this morning, DeGeneres explains that she was oblivious to the claims.

“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. It started with attacks on me and attacking everything that I stand for and believe in and built my career around. I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy.”

Furthermore, Ellen Degeneres says that she doesn’t have contact with most people that work for her. Therefore, she couldn’t treat them poorly.

“I don’t know how I could have known when there are 225 employees here, and there are a lot of different buildings,” she said. “Unless I actually stayed here until that last person goes home at night. It’s 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.”

‘I Would Do This Show With Nobody Watching’

Ellen Degeneres also states that since her show was much more successful than others, the sharp decline looked worse than it was. Ellen says that she loves hosting and would do it with or without an audience.

“It’s more for this one because we had further to fall,” DeGeneres said. “And everybody else was at a lower place, so they didn’t have as far to fall. To be honest. I mean, that’s the truth, we were very, very successful. As you 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 this show with nobody watching. So it’s got nothing to do with that.”

She reveals that she came back to the show to be a symbol of strength and perseverance. DeGeneres said the whole situation was “very misogynistic.”

“How can I be an example of strength and perseverance and power if I give up and run away? So it really is one of the reasons I came back. I worked really hard on myself. And also I have to say — if nobody else was saying it — it was really interesting because I’m a woman, and it did feel very misogynistic.”

However, despite The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s fateful downfall after 19 years, the actress and host says it has been the most rewarding experience.

“I’m most proud of going 19 years on this show,” she said. “That is an accomplishment. I’m most proud of the people who work here who have stuck by me and who have supported me. I’m proud of the kind of show that we do.”