Ellen DeGeneres To End Her Talk Show Next Season — Here's Why
Today, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she will end her long-running talk show after the upcoming season in 2021-22. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been on the air since 2003 and will wrap up after its 19th season next year. DeGeneres also explained why she's moving on, a decision that comes months after her daytime TV program was embroiled in a workplace controversy.
Ellen DeGeneres will soon be moving on from her daytime talk show.
Today, DeGeneres, 63, announced that The Ellen DeGeneres Show will come to an end after its 19th season concludes next year. The show is airing season 18 now and will wrap up in 2022 after 20 years on the air.
The Ellen DeGeneres show to end after 19 seasons
DeGeneres explained her decision today to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "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."
She added, "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."
DeGeneres informed her staff of the decision on Tuesday. She'll also welcome daytime talk legend Oprah Winfrey on Thursday's episode of The Ellen Show to break down the news.
Ellen not ending her TV show because of controversy
The comedian launched her acclaimed and award-winning talk show in 2003, and it will come to an end in mid-2022 after being on the air for parts of 20 years.
But The Ellen Show made headlines for the wrong reasons in the summer of 2020, when the production was investigated after accusations of a "toxic" workplace. Several producers were fired for mistreating team members, and DeGeneres issued an apology.
Today, the host told THR that this controversy was "very hurtful" to her, but it's not behind her decision to end the show. "If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn't have come back this season. So, it's not why I'm stopping," she said.
The final season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere in September 2021.