A controversial television host will stop producing more talk shows in the New Year because she finds the job too easy.
There will be no new “Ellen DeGeneres Show” segments after its 19th season ends in 2022. Founding host Ellen DeGeneres claimed the shock decision was due to her work not being challenging enough.
“When you are a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “As great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it is just not a challenge anymore. I need something new to challenge me.”
The bombshell announcement came just months after the presenter and her cast were grilled about alleged professional misconduct dating back to at least the summer of 2020.
At the time, dozens of people claiming to be former employees came forward with different accounts about how DeGeneres had fostered a toxic work environment. According to Page Six, some of the many allegations included sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault involving high-ranking executives.
DeGeneres eventually explained that she was unable to supervise all of her staff due to rapid company growth.
“As we have grown exponentially, I have not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I had want[ed] them done,” she said in a statement obtained by the online publication. “Clearly some did not.”
The news made international headlines because fans did not expect DeGeneres would behave contrary to her somewhat bubbly personality while on-camera.
The presenter much later acknowledged her personal conduct sometimes differs from how she behaves while on the set at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.
“If, for whatever reason, one day I was not dancing when I am in the dry cleaners–or I did not smile at somebody–it is like, ‘Oh, did that affect somebody? Was that what they meant?'” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
She tried to explain her behavior as common symptoms of feeling lonely, unhappy, and nervous.
“I am just a person with a lot of different emotions and I struggle with depression and with anxiety,” she said. “Every day I am not super smiley but my intention is never to hurt anyone.”
The presenter had initially promised to make amends and take steps to improve the working culture.
“That will now change and I am committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she told Page Six earlier.
However, DeGeneres’s decision to stop making new shows will make her unable to deliver on her earlier promise. She now claims the toxic workplace allegations did not influence her decision to move on.
“I was going to stop after season 16 [and] that was going to be my last season, and they wanted to sign for four more years–and I said I would sign for maybe for one,” she said according to the Hollywood Reporter. “They were saying there was no way to sign for one … so, we [settled] on three more years and I knew that would be my last.”
The presenter then revealed she had always intended to cancel her show and unwittingly admitted she already knew there was not enough time to deliver the scale of organizational change she had promised.
“That has been the plan all along and everybody kept saying, even when I signed, ‘You know, that is going to be 19, don’t you want to just go to 20? It is a good number,'” she said. “[I contest that] so is 19.”
DeGeneres previously considered canceling her show and permanently suspending production when her television viewer ratings significantly dropped back in July.
Since its first airing in the year 2003, the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” has interviewed more than 2,400 celebrities and broadcast more than 3,000 episodes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.