The Ellen DeGeneres Show will end next year after the end of the 19th season after a new interview with the talk show host.
DeGeneres briefed her staff on Tuesday of the show’s impending demise and spoke at length about the change in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She claimed that she was quitting the show for creative reasons, not because her ratings got cratered over allegations that it promoted a toxic work environment.
“When you’re a creative person, you have to be constantly challenged – and as great as this show is and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” she told the publication.
Mike Darnell, president of non-written television at Warner Bros., confirmed the show’s demise in a statement to THR.
“Even though all good things have to end, you still have to hope that really big things never will,” he said.
DeGeneres’ departure comes less than a year after some of her past and current employees accused her of running a “toxic” workplace where many said they faced intimidation, racism and fear behind the scenes. The news sparked heavy criticism and called for the DeGeneres show to end on social media last year.
DeGeneres was silent about the allegations for several months before finally acknowledging them in August with the announcement that three top executive producers had been sacked. She also responded to the allegations in the monologue of the season premiere last September.
“I’m so sorry for the people who were affected,” she said. “I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens on my show.”
DeGeneres also promised to make “necessary changes” and to start a “new chapter” at this point, although she did not describe what that might mean.
The allegations against DeGeneres seemed to sour their audience. Her show hit an all-time low this spring and has lost more than a million viewers on air after her apology.
In her new interview, DeGeneres complained about the impact of the allegations on her own happiness and addressed “mean” and “bad” people.
“It was very hurtful to me,” she said. “But if I had left the show because of that, I would not have come back this season.”
She added that her only aim was to spread “kindness and compassion” and said she did not initially believe in the toxic allegations in the workplace.
“There was obviously an internal investigation and we learned a few things, but this culture that we live in is (one where) no one can go wrong,” she said. “And I don’t want to generalize because there are some bad people out there and these people shouldn’t go back to work, but in general the culture today is one where you can’t learn and grow, that is, as people, what we’re here for are. “
She said she was slow to address the allegations and backlash last summer over a break-in at her home and the loss of multiple pets.
“It just kept getting bigger until it got out of hand,” she said of the backlash. “And I really had the honest feeling:” I didn’t deserve that. I do not need that. I know who i am I am a good person.'”
The Ellen Show Debuted in 2003 as an upbeat daytime talk show featuring celebrity interviews, funny gags, friendly gestures, and dancing. It quickly catapulted DeGeneres to a new celebrity following her self-titled sitcom. Ellen, on which she wrote history in 1997 as the first character to come out gay.
DeGeneres later played the voice of forgetful Dory in Pixars Find Nemo and the continuation, Find Dory. She did not share her exact plans for the future with THR, though she said she would “certainly” consider starring in films.
DeGeneres’ critics quickly celebrated the end of the show on social media after the announcement.
Others mourned the longtime TV presenter.
DeGeneres plans to sit down with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday for an in-depth discussion about her departure.
She also hosts a game show, Ellen’s game of gameson NBC.