The current “Queen of the Day Conversation” is retiring. It was announced that The Ellen DeGeneres Show ends with its upcoming 19th season. The last episodes of the syndicated talk show will air in 2022. The final season will take the series well beyond the 3,000 episode mark.
DeGeneres has been mulling over the end of the series for some time, and in 2018 it was reported that his wife, Portia de Rossi, had encouraged her to retire from the 180-episode-a-year series. She signed a three-year contract that would take her through the 2021-22 season and privately indicated that would be the end of it. The studio hoped she would reconsider her decision.
She also said THR:
I was going to quit after season 16. It 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. That’s the plan from the start. And everyone kept saying, even when I signed, “You know, it’s gonna be 19, don’t you just want to go 20?” That’s a good number. 19 years old too. [Laughs]
DeGeneres also said, “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.”
The host informed her staff of the decision yesterday and will discuss the news on her May 13 show with her friend Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey was very supportive when DeGeneres came out on her Ellen sitcom in 1997.
“While we are disappointed, we are extremely supportive of Ellen’s decision to end her show next season,” said Channing Dungey, Warner Bros. Group President. TV. “Ellen once said that all she wanted was to make people feel good and laugh, and she accomplished that and more.”
The end of the series follows allegations last year that The Ellen DeGeneres Show was a toxic workplace. DeGeneres says she learned of the situation from the press. An internal investigation was opened and several key executives were dismissed. The host opened the current 18th season with an apology: “I’ve learned that things are going on here that should never have happened. I take it very seriously. And I mean I’m so sorry for the people who were affected. ”Lots of people watched the season premiere, but ratings have fallen sharply since then.
Regarding the allegations, DeGeneres reflected:
So there was an internal investigation, obviously, and we learned things, but this culture that we live in is [is one where] no one can make mistakes. And I don’t want to generalize because there are bad people out there and these people shouldn’t be working anymore but, in general, today’s culture is one where you can’t learn and grow, that is- that is, as human beings, what we are here to do. And I can see people looking at that saying, “You don’t care what people [went through.]“I care a lot. It broke my heart when I heard that the people here were having more than a fantastic experience – that people were hurt in any way. I now check in as much as possible through Zoom in different departments and make sure people know that if there is a question or anything they can come and see me and I don’t know why that is not. has never been considered before. I am not a scary person. I am really easy to talk to. So we’ve all learned things we didn’t know – or didn’t know – to happen. I just want people to trust and know that I am who I appear to be.
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What do you think? Did you like watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show during all those years ? Will you be sorry to see him go?