Ellen DeGeneres has announced that her popular talk show will end next year.
“When you are a creative person, you have to be constantly challenged, and no matter how special and fun this show is, it will no longer be a challenge for me. “, Explained the host to the site The Hollywood Reporter, Who first reported the news.
The 62-year-old American comedian informed staff of the decision on May 11 and said he would sit down Journalist Oprah Winfrey is set to discuss the outcome of her show in a detailed interview airing May 13.
The show is currently in its 18th season Much less in the audience After many former employees publicly blamed DeGeneres and many of his producers Toxic work environment.
DeGeneres decided not to renew his contract with CBS, which expires in 2022. The host, who spoke to THR, denied that his iconic talk show ended because of the allegations against him. “I wouldn’t have returned if this season had been like this“, He said.
Based on Nielsen estimates for March, The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” lost more than 1 million viewers last year.
When he returned to TV in September, DeGeneres apologized for numerous complaints about workplace bullying episodes. “I knew things would never happen here They should have happened. “Said the presenter in front of the cameras at the time. “I take it very seriously. I would also like to say that I am very sorry for the affected people. “
“We’ve had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about what we want for the future,” DeGeneres said. “We have made the necessary changes and are starting a new chapter today”, He promised in his opening monologue.
According to Nielsen, the show’s premiere has had the highest audience ratings of any season starter in the last four years. However, over the past six months, The show has an average audience of 1.5 million.
Chain spread program NBC And then got into a controversy BuzzFeed News Published an article in which the project’s former staff targeted the show’s senior executives to normalize the dynamics of “fear,” in which workers set aside days for medical or family issues to retaliate.
In July, Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation, and in August DeGeneres spoke with his 270 employees and apologized. He told the staff, “That’s not right. “ what is that “Drilling” Read the allegations of hostility in the package.
The show debuted in 2003 and has won 64 Emmy Awards over the years.
He received the Mark Twain Award for American Comedy from the Kennedy Center in 2015 and the Presidential Medal in 2016 during the Barack Obama administration. In addition to her performances, she was part of Fox’s “The Mask Dancer” program, “Ellen’s Game of Games from NBC” and “Ellen’s Next Great Designer” from HBO Max.