One of the most successful daytime talk show hosts in TV history, Ellen DeGeneres has spent nearly two decades interviewing celebrities, scaring the bejesus out of celebrities, and (of course) dancing with and near celebrities. Things took a downward turn in 2020 thanks to an employee and fan backlash over DeGeneres' alleged workplace behavior, among other troublesome issues, but the show survived that turmoil, even though viewers were sacrificed time and again. Now, DeGeneres has gone public with her finalized decision to end The Ellen DeGeneres Show after 19 years, but she's not blaming the past year of problems for it.
The way Ellen DeGeneres put it, she's been slowly approaching the impending 2022 end date ever since she signed her last contract extension that took things to Season 19. And even though seemingly everyone else involved with the show has tried to convince her otherwise, DeGeneres claims she hasn't wavered, telling THR:
While the timing of Ellen DeGeneres' announcement will likely have some current and former viewers questioning the legitimacy of her motives, it's hard to deny that doing the same job for 19 years straight would be taxing on anyone, regardless of the job. (And especially when one gets COVID in the middle of it all.) Once something gets to the point where it feels purely like work, it's lost its sheen, and moving on might be the best option, even when that job affords one the opportunity to win awards and force celebrities to play messy games.
To that end, DeGeneres said that even though she understands why her producers and her family have lightly attempted to reverse her thought process, she's at a point in her life where she wants to put more focus on the things she truly enjoys, while also seeking out new challenges. In her words:
Ellen DeGeneres is not leaving the entertainment world altogether, of course. As confirmed by Warner Bros. Unscripted TV President Mike Darnell, who was one of the aforementioned talk show producers urging her to keep going for another season, DeGeneres is indeed sticking with Warner Bros. for future ventures, having already worked with them on a slew of unscripted series in recent years, including Ellen's Game of Games for NBC, The Masked Dancer for Fox, Ellen's Next Great Designer for HBO Max, and the upcoming Family Game Fight with Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. So even though she won't be doing the talk show thing anymore after 2022, DeGeneres' impact on TV will likely continue for many years to come.
While there isn't yet a finale date locked down, expect to say farewell to The Ellen DeGeneres Show at some point in 2022, but don't sleep on all the awesomeness hitting the 2021 Summer TV schedule in the meantime.
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Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.