As we’re sure you all remember, there was a lot of controversy last summer with members of Ellen DeGeneres’ staff talking about the show’s hostile work environment. After a few months off the air, DeGeneres eventually returned to the show late last summer.
Today, DeGeneres announced that she is ending the show after 17 years and over 3,000 episodes. Her next season, the show’s 19th, will be her last. Her staff was all informed yesterday, ahead of tomorrow’s Ellen, when she’ll sit down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news.
“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,” DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the story.
“Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that truly great things never will,” says Warner Bros.’ Unscripted TV President Mike Darnell. He continued “Ellen was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it will be sorely missed.”
According to her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, however, the plan had always been for DeGeneres to leave at the end of the 19th season. So at the end of the day, it actually had nothing to do with the controversy.
“It was very hurtful to me,” she said of whether the allegations ultimately impacted her decision to leave at all. “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.”
As for what she plans on doing next after the show wraps up, she’s still trying to figure that out. And while the final show hasn’t been announced yet, we figure it’ll probably wrap up sometime in the spring of 2022.
And after she’s off the air, maybe now is the time Eric Andre can finally get his shot.