After an extremely successful 19-year run, The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be coming to an end in 2022. The 63-year-old talk show host and comedian, having interviewed the who’s who of Hollywood and beyond, is now looking to do something different.
One of the most recognisable faces on American daytime television, DeGeneres rose through the comedy circuit in New Orleans before starring in 90s sitcom Ellen. She returned to the small screen with The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003. Nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season, the show would go on to win over 60 Emmy Awards over a run that saw DeGeneres host more than 3000 episodes and conduct 2400 celebrity interviews.
In a video released on the show’s YouTube channel, an emotional DeGeneres can be seen talking to her virtual audience, thanking them for giving her all the love and support over the years. “This show has been the greatest experience of my life and I owe it all to you,” she said. “My instinct told me it’s time. As a comedian, I’ve always understood the importance of timing.”
The show has not been the same since reports of a toxic work environment surfaced last year resulting in a drop in viewership. Some may speculate that played a role in the move to wind up the show, but DeGeneres says she made the decision when she last extended her contract in 2019.
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged—and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
DeGeneres will reportedly discuss the decision on today’s show with guest Oprah Winfrey.