Today, Ellen DeGeneres announced her daytime talk show will come to an end in 2022, following its 19th season.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Degeneres said her reason for ending the show is due to personal and creative reasons.
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged,” said DeGeneres, “and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
Over nearly two decades, the Emmy-winning show has interviewed thousands of guests, from A-list celebrities to ordinary individuals who do extraordinary things. Whether guests play goofy games or receive a massive check, the show has allowed the audience to take a lighthearted break from an increasingly negative news cycle.
Additionally, the show has given numerous faith-based individuals a national platform. From singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle performing her hit single, “Still Rolling Stones,” to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles discussing how God pushed him throughout his football career, the show has helped shine a light on Christian culture.
The show’s ending may come as a surprise to many fans, but the last few years have been difficult for DeGeneres, as she has come under attack for her behavior and workplace culture.
Following an infamous interview with actress Dakota Johnson, DeGeneres came under attack when it was revealed that she had skipped Johnson’s birthday party to attend a Dallas Cowboys game with former President George W. Bush. DeGeneres addressed the issue and the online discourse seemingly died down.
However, following already low ratings due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Ellen DeGeneres Show took another hit when former employees alleged they had experienced harassment from DeGeneres and others during their time on the show. Three senior staff members eventually exited while DeGeneres promised to make the workplace better for everyone, but the show never quite recovered.
Despite the controversy, DeGeneres is adamant that her reason for ending the show was separate from the scandals.
“[The allegations] almost impacted the show. It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season,” said DeGeneres.
DeGeneres has yet to announce what’s next for her, if anything at all. She will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday, May 13, to discuss her future plans. In the meantime, fans will get to spend a few more months laughing along with DeGeneres and her kooky antics.