The program has been aired since 2003.
American actress, TV host, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres decided in 2022 to close her TV show after 19 seasons on the air. She said this in an interview published on Wednesday with The Hollywood Reporter.
“A creative person constantly needs to solve complex and interesting tasks – no matter how great the show was, it ceased to be such a task,” DeGeneres explained. She admitted that she first thought about stopping filming after the 16th season, which ended in 2019, but agreed to extend the TV show for another three seasons.
“I’m not sure what I want to do next, but it’s definitely connected to the movie,” the actress said. She added that she also plans to address environmental issues.
On July 28, 2020, Variety magazine reported that the WarnerMedia media holding is conducting a review of the Ellen DeGeneres Show for discriminatory treatment of the staff involved in its preparation. According to the publication, several former members of the film crew complained about illegal dismissals and racist statements against them. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres explained that the scandal affected the show, but she decided to close it for other reasons.
“If I was ending the show because of this, I wouldn’t be coming back this season,” she stressed. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been on the air since 2003. During its existence, the program has won an Emmy award 61 times in various categories, including as “outstanding talk show”. The TV presenter twice – in 2007 and 2014-hosted the Academy Award ceremony. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Ellen DeGeneres the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest awards in the United States.