Ellen DeGeneres to end daytime talk show after 19 seasons
The host of one of television’s most popular daytime talk shows has decided to step down, according to a new interview.
Ellen DeGeneres, whose wellness talk show “Ellen” made her one of the most recognizable and successful personalities on television, broke the news to The Hollywood Reporter, claiming that the 19th season at coming from the show would be the last.
“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 told Hollywood. Report.
Word is that DeGeneres will talk about her decision to end the show on Thursday’s episode, when she talks with Oprah Winfrey, who chose to end her own daytime talk show in 2011 after 25 seasons. .
“People always say you have to have thick skin to be in this business and I’ve never had that. I have very thin skin and things affect me, and I’m proud of it,” says -she. “I like to be emotional and I always care what people think and say about me” https://t.co/sXBW4lPIDS
– The Hollywood Journalist (@THR) May 12, 2021
The question of how long “Ellen” would continue has been under discussion for some time, DeGeneres said. The annual 180-episode schedule – with its celebrity interviews, daily dance segments, wardrobe fittings, and hair and makeup sessions – has been taxing, DeGeneres noted, but she also said staff and the team of “Ellen” had become her. family.
“Look, this is my family,” she told THR. “They have become my best friends. I come to work and laugh every day. We create stuff that is sometimes just funny to us and it’s not really mass appeal, but I don’t care because it’s dry and calm stuff and that’s my humor and, you know, j ‘ve tried to stay true to who I am and what my brand is. It all got bigger than I could ever have dreamed of.
And, perhaps, more lucrative. DeGeneres took home $ 87.5 million in 2018, according to Forbes, which included not only the talk show, but a Netflix deal and a host of other projects.
Massive success did not come without controversy. Last summer, WarnerMedia launched a behind-the-scenes investigation into allegations of abuse after employees spoke out anonymously in a Buzzfeed News article. A staff member and 10 former staff of the show claimed to have experienced “racism, fear and intimidation” in the workplace. Following the story, three of the show’s top producers came out, and DeGeneres apologized to fans in a September 2020 monologue.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations over the past few weeks about the show, where we work and what we want for the future,” she said. “We have made the necessary changes and today we are entering a new chapter. “
Now it looks like the final chapter will be written in 2022, when the show ends its run.
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