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TV host Ellen DeGeneres is ending her hit variety / comedy / talk show TV show at the end of this season. For over 18 years, she danced with her guests and the audience, played games and pranks with them and presented awards. She has interviewed everyone from Hollywood stars to precocious children. But now she and Warner Brothers Television have said The Ellen DeGeneres Show will end in 2022.
“When you’re a creative person, you have to constantly be challenged,” DeGeneres said. Hollywood journalist in an exclusive interview, “and as awesome as this show is and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
She will speak about her decision on her show today. And tomorrow, she’ll be sitting down with her friend and guest Oprah Winfrey to chat some more.
“While all good things must come to an end, you still have the hope that great things never will,” Mike Darnell, president of Warner Brothers Unscripted Television, said in a statement. He said the DeGeneres show “started out as the little show that could and has grown into an absolute phenomenon. Over the years it has established itself as the number one destination for superstars and incredible heartfelt human interest stories. . The show and Ellen have brought comedy, joy, happiness, comfort (and dance!) To countless millions of people every day for 18 years. It was and still is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it is us. will be greatly missed. “
The stand-up comedian started her talk show in 2003, five years after she came out on her sitcom, Helen, and announcing on the cover of Time Magazine: “Yes, I’m gay. For this, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She won the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Award for American Comedy and her television show won Emmy Awards.
“Contrary to her public image of being a good friend to everyone, happy to listen, she presents herself – with her tongue in her cheek – as a distant and indifferent caricature, stuck in a privileged bubble, making several jokes, for example, on its fabulous wealth, ” The New York Times wrote in a profile of DeGeneres. In the article, his wife, actress Portia de Rossi, encouraged him to step away from his talk show. “I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and stand-up that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi said. “There are other things she could touch on.” But DeGeneres said her brother and Warner Brothers executives urged her to stay, saying audiences need her positivity on TV every day. She signed a new contract.
But last year, former and current staff who have remained anonymous claimed the show was a toxic workplace. They said Buzzfeed they suffered racist comments, fear and intimidation on set, and some claimed to have been sexually harassed by the show’s producers. WarnerMedia investigated and fired three of the show’s executive producers and the chief writer. DeGeneres, who based his character on urging people to “be nice,” apologized to his staff. In a memo, she wrote that “she intended her show to be a place where” no one would ever raise their voice and everyone would be treated with respect. “
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She opened her 18th season in September with an apology to her audience. “I have learned that things have happened here that should never have happened. I take this very seriously,” she said. “I know I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show.”
DeGeneres said the series opens a new chapter. “My intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that. If so, I got over it. let down and I also hurt myself because I always try to grow as a person. I consider everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn. I got into this job to make people laugh people and feel good. That’s my favorite thing to do. And Jinga. “
Warner Brothers says DeGeneres will continue on Fox The masked dancer, NBC Ellen’s play game and HBO Max Ellen’s Next Great Creator. His Ellen Digital Ventures includes more than 60 original series, including Mamansplaining with Kristin Bell. She also produces documentaries and specials for Discovery, and according to Hollywood journalist, she hopes for more acting roles and time for her conservation efforts.