Ellen DeGeneres will step down from her talk show on the day next year, according to a spokeswoman for the host.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the winner of dozens of Emmys, was hugely successful for nearly two decades. In recent months, however, there has been a sharp drop in audience ratings. In the 2020-2021 television season, Ms. DeGeneres lost more than a million viewers, a more noticeable drop than any of her daily competitors.
News of Ms. DeGeneres’ planned departure was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter during an interview with the host.
The rating slide began shortly after allegations of workplace misconduct were raised on the set of the show. In July, BuzzFeed reported that several past and current employees said they had encountered “racism, fear and intimidation” while at work. Several employees also said the producers sexually molested them. Three senior producers were sacked following an investigation by Warner Bros., the company that produced the show.
Ms. DeGeneres apologized to her staff over the summer when the show was suspended. When she returned to the air in September, she told her viewers, “I learned that things happen here that should never have happened. I take this very seriously. And I want to say that those affected are so sorry. “
The next season of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is 19th. For much of its run, it was on the top tier of the daytime programming, with millions being tuned every day. After the recent decline, the audience size is similar to that of the audience of Maury Povich and Kelly Clarkson, hosts who were not considered true rivals until recently.
Ms. DeGeneres’ talk show contract with Warner Bros. runs until 2022. She has publicly considered retiring from the program for the past several years. She has also expanded her workload, created a stand-up comedy specifically for Netflix and signed a deal with Warner Media to create new shows for the streaming platform HBO Max, among other things.
“I just needed something to challenge myself,” Ms. DeGeneres said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “And as great as this show is and as funny as it is, it’s just no longer a challenge. I need something new to challenge myself. “