Ellen DeGeneres will end her talk show after 19 years, the Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday.
“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,” DeGeneres told the entertainment news site.
The news, which was later confirmed by Variety, comes during the The Ellen Show‘s 18th season and after allegations of workplace abuse on set.
A report by BuzzFeed News in July 2020, based on 36 interviews with unidentified ex-staffers, alleged sexual misconduct and harassment by executive producers on the show.
That story prompted an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, which found what it called “some flaws in the show’s daily management.”
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Three top producers departed over the summer, and DeGeneres opened the 18th season with an apology for things “that never should have happened.”
“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility. And I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she said.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show debuted in 2003 and has won more than 60 Emmy Awards.
DeGeneres was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2015 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom under former president Barack Obama in 2016. In addition to her talk show, she has had a hand in Fox’s The Masked Dancer, NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games and HBO Max’s Ellen’s Next Great Designer.
DeGeneres’s scripted TV show Ellen became a historic landmark in the 1990s when her character came out as gay.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show will end in 2022, following the show’s 19th season.