Ellen DeGeneres will be calling it quits when the upcoming 19th season of her daytime television talk show ends.
DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter “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,”
The decision comes amid falling ratings for the show.
Viewership has fallen since DeGeneres was hit with multiple accusations of cruelty and fostering a harsh work environment from former staff members and even some guests.
That led to Executive Producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, all packing their bags and leaving the show, in August 2020.
DeGeneres says that mess was a factor in her deciding to pack it in.
“It destroyed me, honestly. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t, and it makes me really sad that there’s so much joy out there from negativity. It’s a culture now where there are just mean people, and it’s so foreign to me that people get joy out of that. Then, on the heels of it, there are allegations of a toxic workplace and, unfortunately, I learned that through the press.”
“… It was four solid months. And you have to understand, in that time, someone got into our house and robbed us and I lost four animals — three cats and a dog died. It was a tsunami. When it started, with that stupid `someone couldn’t look me in the eye’ or whatever the first thing was, it’s like a crest of a wave. Like, `This isn’t going to be that big of a wave.’ And then it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it was out of control. And I really, honestly, felt like, `I don’t deserve this. I don’t need this. I know who I am. I’m a good person.”
DeGeneres, now 63, launched her daytime talk show on Sept. 8th, 2003, and it quickly became a hit with her audiences.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 30: Ellen DeGeneres speaks at the ceremony honoring NSYNC with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) May 12th 2021