Ellen DeGeneres ends her longtime talk show, Variety confirmed.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will officially end after the upcoming 2021-22 season. DeGeneres has been hosting the series since 2003, which means the series will have lasted 19 seasons by the end.
The show was a major part of the daytime television landscape throughout its airing and even inspired a number of spinoffs. These include shows like “Ellen’s Game of Games”, “The Masked Dancer”, “Family Game Fight” and “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways”.
The decision to end the series is not entirely surprising, as DeGeneres’ current contract ends in 2022. There had been rumors when she extended her contract in 2019 that she was planning to end. to the series at that time, although she eventually signed on for another three years.
Warner Bros., whose Telepictures Productions unit produces the series, has been preparing for the departure of DeGeneres for some time. It is understood that Jennifer Aniston was a star the studio was considering wooing as a possible successor after impressing them with her appearances on “Ellen.”
“I was going to quit after season 16,” DeGeneres said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “This was going to be my last season and they wanted to sign for four more years and I said maybe I would sign for one. They said there was no way to sign for one. “We can’t do this with the affiliates and the stations need more engagement.” So we [settled] over three more years and I knew this would be my last. It was the plan from the start.
DeGeneres’ successful run during the day was a significant sign of the shift in mainstream America’s attitudes towards LGBT communities. DeGeneres kicked off his daytime talk show five years after making the cover of Time magazine (with the headline “Yes, I’m Gay”) to come out as a lesbian. After Oprah Winfrey ended her 25 years of day syndication in 2011, DeGeneres was the undisputed leader of the daytime chat pack.
Recently, however, DeGeneres and the show have come under fire for allegations of racist behavior and bullying on the show. In April 2020, Variety reported on the show’s crew members’ outrage at reduced wages, lack of communication and mistreatment of producers after production was shut down by the pandemic and a non-union tech company was hired to record the show remotely from DeGeneres’ California home.
DeGeneres ultimately responded to the allegations and three of the show’s main producers – executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman – were fired. But the damage to DeGeneres’ reputation has been done, especially since it seemed to contrast with its public image as a comic that never worked in blue and urged its viewers to “be nice.”
“It hurt me a lot. I mean, very. But if I had left the show because of it, I wouldn’t have come back this season, ”she told THR.
The show’s ratings have fallen dramatically in recent years, in part due to the fragmentation of the television landscape, but in part due to viewer defections. Meanwhile, NBCUniversal-owned daytime talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show” has slowly but steadily gained momentum with a similar brand of sweet conversation and performance segments.
The Daily Mail first announced the end of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.