On Thursday, May 13, DeGeneres will join Winfrey to talk about ending her show when Season 19 comes to a close in 2022. In addition, the comedian-turned-host will share details about moving on and what’s next for her.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show quickly became a staple of daytime television when it first aired in 2003. In the last year though, the 63-year-old has dealt with multiple accusations of abetting a toxic workplace environment. After numerous employees spoke out against DeGeneres and her show, both its viewership and ratings started to plummet.
Recently, DeGeneres gave an exclusive interview to The Hollywood Reporter. While discussing the ending of her show, she also explained why she chose to speak with Winfrey to share more details on her talk show departure.
“I haven’t asked her advice yet. But I’m sure she’s going to say exactly what my agent did, ‘Sit still for a while and figure it out.’ But look at her, she stopped and she didn’t have to do anything again. And she’s done a tremendous amount since then,” Ellen DeGeneres said to The Hollywood Reporter.
“So, I don’t look at this as the end at all,” she added. “It’s the start of a new chapter and hopefully my fans will go with me wherever I go. That being said, if I never do anything else ever again, I’m so proud of what this show stood for and still stands for and what we’ve made it through.”
Ellen DeGeneres Says Talk Show ‘Not a Challenge Anymore’
While explaining her decision to bring The Ellen DeGeneres Show to a close next year, the host did share some details as to why. Although the talk show’s viewership has decreased significantly, DeGeneres pointed to looking for new challenges as a key reason behind her departure.
“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 said to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, there’s no denying that the scrutiny surrounding the host paired with its declining ratings had to play a part. In March, Nielsen ratings for the talk show highlighted a loss of more than one million viewers for Season 18.
On the other hand, the Season 18 premiere earned extremely high ratings. It garnered the largest audience of any season opener in the last four years. Many viewers tuned in to see DeGeneres address the allegations against her and the show. Since then though, the ratings have steadily declined.
DeGeneres kicked off the newest season in September 2020. During her opening monologue, she issued an apology to her employees and her fans. The month before, DeGeneres fired three producers after multiple employees made sexual misconduct claims against them. Although that rectified some issues within the show, DeGeneres has been playing damage control ever since.
Supposedly Warner Bros.’ Unscripted TV President Mike Darnell has tried to convince DeGeneres to continue with the show. As recently as April, Darnell asked the host to reconsider her stance on bringing the show to a close. Yet his attempts were unsuccessful.
“Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that truly great things never will,” Darnell admitted recently.