Ellen DeGeneres during a taping on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
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The longstanding talk show by Ellen DeGeneres ends this year after 19 seasons.
The talk show host told The Hollywood Reporter that she informed her staff of the decision on May 11th and that she will meet with Oprah Winfrey on May 13th to discuss the news.
“When you’re a creative person, you have to be constantly 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 of her decision.
The show’s end also comes as reports of toxic work culture, discrimination, and sexual harassment have circled DeGeneres over the past year. At the time, she publicly admitted that her show’s culture had evolved into something that didn’t reflect the values she started the show with and promised to do better.
“It almost affected the show,” Ellen told THR. “It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I had left the show because of it, I would not have come back this season.”
63-year-old DeGeneres has been a pioneer in the LGBTQ community since her 1997 cover story “Yep, I’m Gay” “Time” nearly torpedoed her career. Since the start of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, the comedian has had more to do than 64 Daytime Emmys and helped normalize the queer representation on television.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres admitted that she had planned to quit the show after season 16, but agreed to extend her contract for three years.
“That was the plan all along,” she said.
Read the full report from The Hollywood Reporter.