Ellen DeGeneres has finally decided to quit her daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The upcoming 2021/2022 season will be her last.
DeGeneres claims the decision was all hers, although the news does come after the talk show host was battered with toxic workplace allegations all last year.
“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,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. Sure.
However, an anonymous insider told The Daily Mail that DeGeneres is just over it, which makes way more sense.
“She’s promised one more season after this one and will exit at the end of the 2021/2022 season – the 19th season of the show,” they said.
“The ratings have tanked and have been truly appalling this year and Ellen knows her time is up.”
Within the space of about a month Ellen’s US viewership dropped by roughly half. In Australia, repeats of the show were pulled from Channel 9 after the allegations came to light.
The massive series of scandals stemmed from an investigation by BuzzFeed News in mid-2020, in which heaps of the show’s crew members made claims about a “toxic work environment” due to alleged racist comments, microaggressions and long hours, among other things.
Even prior to that, other allegations had also floated around, including from a former bodyguard who said the way DeGeneres treated him was “kind of demeaning”.
Guests including YouTuber NikkieTutorials also said DeGeneres was “distant and cold”, while in Australia, a former Today Show producer said DeGeneres’ guest segment on the Aussie breakfast TV show had everyone walking “on eggshells”.
Ultimately, DeGeneres did apologise to her staff in an email for the way she had treated everyone, and the show later offered employees a meagre five days of annual leave plus paid medical leave to help cope.
But it seems like all this wasn’t enough, and that the only way out for DeGeneres was to pull the plug on her 19-year career as one of the biggest talk show hosts in the world.