Although The Ellen DeGeneres Show won’t be coming to an end until 2022, an NBC executive has already named a possible replacement for the longtime host.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the longtime talk show would end after Season 19 comes to a close next year. The show is currently airing Season 18, but many wondered how long the show would last following allegations of a toxic workplace environment stemming from last year. Further rumors have already popped up about who could possibly take over the job in another similar daytime talk show.
According to a Page Six report, another comedian is a possible “favorite” to take the reins. Tiffany Haddish, who has previously filled in for Ellen DeGeneres on the show, seems to be in line for her own show. An NBCUniversal senior executive spoke to Page Six and told the outlet that Haddish getting her own show is a real possibility.
“Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades. She’s top of the list to get a daytime show – she’s a fresh voice,” the NBC exec said to Page Six.
Just to be clear, Haddish wouldn’t be taking over The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The host owns the rights to the daytime talk show. Therefore any show involving Haddish would be a brand new project.
Ellen DeGeneres Says Talk Show ‘Not a Challenge Anymore’
Ellen DeGeneres opened up recently about her decision to bring her show to a close next year. Although the talk show’s viewership has decreased significantly, DeGeneres didn’t detail that as one of the reasons for ending it. Instead, the host said she’s looking for new challenges.
“I’m a creative person, and when you’re a creative person you constantly need to be challenged. Which is why I decided to host the Oscars or why I decided to go back to stand-up when I didn’t think I would,” Ellen DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter. “I just needed something to challenge me. 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.”
However, the scrutiny surrounding the host paired with the show’s declining ratings had to play a part. In March, Nielsen ratings for The Ellen DeGeneres Show highlighted a loss of more than one million viewers for Season 18.
On the other hand, the Season 18 premiere pulled in solid ratings. It garnered the largest audience of any season opener in the last four years. Viewers tuned in to see DeGeneres address the allegations against her and the show. Since the first episode of Season 18 though, the show’s ratings have steadily declined.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show returned for its newest season in September 2020. During the opening monologue, the host 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.