Ellen DeGeneres to end daytime talk show after 19th season

Ellen DeGeneres plans to end her daytime talk show after its upcoming 19th season.

In an interview with Hollywood journalist released Wednesday, DeGeneres said “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was no longer a challenge for her.

“When you’re a creative person you have to be constantly challenged – and as great as this show is and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” she said.

The official announcement of the show’s end is expected to take place during Thursday’s monologue, where DeGeneres calls the program the “greatest experience” of his life, according to a preview provided to NBC News.

“You might be wondering why I decided to finish after 19 seasons, writes DeGeneres. “The truth is, I’ve always trusted my gut. And my gut told me it’s about time.”

When “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” began in 2003, DeGeneres’ career was in trouble after a then controversial decision to be openly gay on his 1990s sitcom “Ellen.” But the talk show helped the actress soar into a brand empire, becoming a household name as families across the globe connected to see the series aired internationally.

Fans will always have a relationship with DeGeneres, she assured, even after saying goodbye to the set of Burbank which has been home to her show for nearly two decades.

“I promise you we’re going to have a fantastic final season, DeGeneres continues in his monologue. “This will be a season where I can really say ‘Thank you’. Every day will be a party. There will be a lot of surprises, trips into the past and a few detours by ‘Why did I wear this alley’.

DeGeneres, 63, and the show’s producers have come under scrutiny in recent months after news reports detailed an allegedly toxic workplace.

In a report published by BuzzFeed News Last July, former anonymous employees accused the show’s executive producers of harassment and claimed to have experienced a culture of racism, fear and intimidation.

In response, WarnerMedia – the parent company of Warner Bros. Television, which co-produces and distributes the show – has launched an investigation. DeGeneres has apologized to the staff and three big producers have parted ways with the series.

“I’ve learned that things are going on here that should never have happened,” DeGeneres said in the show’s 18th season premiere episode in September. “I take this very seriously and want to say that I am very sorry for the people who have been affected. “

DeGeneres is expected to sit down with “TODAY” co-host Savannah Guthrie for an interview that airs Thursday morning.

In the wake of the BuzzFeed report, NBC News spoke to several former staff who corroborated at least some of the misconduct accusations from senior management, but they said they couldn’t speak publicly. because they were bound by non-disclosure agreements and feared retaliation.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which premiered in September 2003, was an audience success for much of its airing. The show was known for its celebrity pranks, giveaways, and the signature dance moves of its host.

But in recent months, as the actress and her team faced mounting criticism, viewership has started to decline.

The scrutiny of DeGeneres represented another chapter in the entertainment industry’s calculation with allegedly toxic behavior behind the scenes, from movie sets to executive suites.

It was also a brutal reversal for a host with a family-friendly image – and a show that carried the tagline ‘Be kind’.

In addition to her talk show, DeGeneres hosts an NBC game show, “Ellen’s Game of Games”. (NBC News and the NBC Broadcast Network share NBCUniversal as a parent company.)

Doha madani contributed.

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