Ellen DeGeneres ends talk show amid misconduct allegations

Published By Marriska Fernandes on May 12, 2021

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running talk show after the upcoming season 19 in 2022.

Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m a creative person, and when you’re a creative person you constantly need to be challenged, which is why I decided to host the Oscars or why I decided to go back to stand up when I didn’t think I would. I just needed something to challenge me. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore. I need something new to challenge me.”

This news comes on the heels of an exposé last summer that revealed toxic workplace scandal. Three of the show’s producers exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace, including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks. As a result, the show's viewership dropped by 1.1 million viewers this season.

However, Ellen said that while the controversy "almost impacted the show," it is not the reason for ending it. She told THR: "It 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. So, it's not why I'm stopping but it was hard because I was sitting at home, it was summer, and I see a story that people have to chew gum before they talk to me and I'm like, 'Okay, this is hilarious.' Then I see another story of some other ridiculous thing and then it just didn't stop. And I wasn't working, so I had no platform, and I didn't want to address it on and I thought if I just don't address it, it's going to go away because it was all so stupid."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show debuted in 2003 and over the years has earned 64 Daytime Emmys. Ellen will be discussing her decision to end the show in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which is scheduled to air on Thursday's episode. ~Marriska Fernandes


Comments & Discussion

  1. Linda DiRaddo • 5/13/2021 10:03:33 AM

    Very very very SORRY to hear that Ellen Degeneres will no longer be there, very sad. . I love her show and I watch it Monday to Friday. I find she helps a lot of people and is very very kind person. What will happen to Switch and Andy and Mary now ??????? She is very GOOD with people.. Love her kindness. Linda xoxox

  2. Linda DiRaddo • 5/13/2021 10:05:05 AM

    Very very very SORRY to hear that Ellen Degeneres will no longer be there, very sad. . I love her show and I watch it Monday to Friday. I find she helps a lot of people and is very very kind person. What will happen to Switch and Andy and Mary now ??????? She is very GOOD with people.. Love her kindness. Linda xoxox NO CONFLIT

  3. Janice • 5/13/2021 4:38:26 PM

    Not sure how kind she is. She has one face for the public and one for her employees. Plus, what kind of a person scares the hell out of her guests and then laughs? That's not a kind person. She probably laughs when someone slips on a banana peel and falls. Kind people say, "Are you okay?" And are concerned. That's not Ellen.

  4. Paul Whitsitt • 5/13/2021 7:06:16 PM

    Good riddance! One face to the public, another to her staff. Don't kid yourself Ellen! You are leaving because of the backlash from viewers. Down 1.1 million viewers. If you hadn't bowed out gracefully next year, the network would have canned you! After 19 years, the network let you opt out to resign!

  5. Kim • 5/14/2021 4:42:12 AM

    How nice of her bosses to let her say she "quit."

  6. Britt • 5/15/2021 10:02:20 PM

    She is due for a change. Never was a fan of her talk show to begin with.

  7. Margie • 5/21/2021 11:10:03 PM

    Something fishy about all of this


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