After 19 seasons, Ellen DeGeneres has announced that her long-running talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be ending in 2022.
DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter that while the show was "fun," it was no longer challenging her.
"When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged," she explained. "As great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore."
It's reported that the talk show will come to an end in 2022, after 19 seasons on the air. DeGeneres said she initially planned to "stop" after season 16, but eventually agreed to do three more years after discussions with Warner Bros.
In the last year, both DeGeneres and the show have faced allegations of a toxic work environment, including allegations of racist behaviour and intimidation.
The TV host says this was not the reason for deciding to end The Ellen DeGeneres Show, noting that "if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn't have come back this season."
What will Ellen do next?
It's not clear what the comedian and host plans to do next, but she revealed she does intend to "sit still for a minute."
Describing herself as a "Ferrari in neutral," Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter that she is "constantly needing to go," and therefore may not be sat still for long.
She said a sitcom would feel like a "walk in the park" compared to her 180-episodes-per-year daytime show, but said she'd "for sure" consider taking on a movie role.
What's the plan with Oprah?
DeGeneres is set to discuss the news further on her May 13 show, alongside fellow daytime host and friend Oprah Winfrey.
She confirmed that she hadn't asked for Winfrey's advice "yet," but said she's not considering this move to be "the end."
"It's the start of a new chapter and hopefully my fans will go with me wherever I go," DeGeneres added.
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