Ellen DeGeneres to End Her Show After 19 Seasons

Aspen Deslongchamps, Editor-In-Chief

Ellen DeGeneres, the American comedian, host, author, actress, and producer, reveals that she will be ending her long-running reality talk show next year.

Despite the positive outcomes produced from her television series, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, DeGeneres stated in a recent interview that she  “as great as this show is, and as fun as it is…”, she will be ending it because it doesn’t serve as a “challenge” for her anymore (showed a recent New York Times interview).

Even with all of the allegations that were presented to her last year (including accusations involving racial inequity and sexual misconduct), DeGeneres has since rebounded from them, and eventually proving them to be false. Although the loss of three of the show’s producers due to the reports, Degeneres states that they were not the reason for her cancellation of the program.

“I wouldn’t have come back this season” if they had, Degeneres said.

Nielsen data shows “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” viewership dropped by 1.1 million people this season, from 2.6 million viewers to 1.5 million viewers, according to AP News.

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“It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique.””

— Ellen Degeneres

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has been on the air since 2003 and is produced by Warner Bros., features a combination of dancing, sports, and prizes, along with many celebrities. However, the host, who developed her brand around the slogan “Be Kind,” began Season 18 with an extensive apology in September.

DeGeneres continues to inspire many people of the gay community, with her openness about her sexuality since her starring in the show “Ellen” from the 1990’s, along with her awarding the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2015 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom under Barack Obama in 2016. In addition to her talk show, she produces Fox’s “The Masked Dancer,” NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” and HBO Max’s “Ellen’s Next Great Designer.”

“It was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it will be sorely missed,” Mike Darnell, the president of Warner Bros., stated in an interview last week.