Ellen DeGeneres to End Talk Show After Next Season -- 3rd Update
By Allison Prang
Ellen DeGeneres said she will end her long-running daytime talk
show after a nearly two-decade run that established the comedian as
an iconic figure in television.
Producer Warner Bros. Unscripted Television confirmed the show's
ending, which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Warner
Bros. is part of AT&T Inc.
"Although all good things must come to an end, you still have
hope that the truly great things never will," Mike Darnell,
president of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said in a
statement. "It was and is an indelible piece of the television
landscape, and it will be sorely missed."
Ms. DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter the next season, her
19th, will be her last. She said she is looking for a new
Known for a mix of celebrity interviews, lighthearted games and
occasional dancing, Ms. DeGeneres's show has been a fixture in
Ms. DeGeneres's show came under scrutiny last year when BuzzFeed
reported on allegations of a toxic workplace. BuzzFeed, which said
it talked to several former staffers and a current employee, said
in its report that the people said managers told them not to talk
to Ms. DeGeneres and that some staffers were fired after they took
time off for medical leave or to go to family funerals. BuzzFeed
said in its story that the bulk of the former staffers attributed
the bad culture to executive producers or other senior
Ratings for Ms. DeGeneres's program started to decline after the
She apologized to viewers on air, saying, "I learned that things
happen here that never should have happened."
Ms. DeGeneres also has a game show on NBC called "Ellen's Game
of Games" which is slated to return on Sunday.
She came out as a lesbian on the cover of "Time" magazine in the
late 1990s and was one of the first and biggest openly LGBT
Ms. DeGeneres's character in the ABC show "Ellen" also came out
as a lesbian around the same time as her real-life announcement.
The episode in which her character did so was one of the most
viewed TV moments at the time, with over 36 million people
watching. The show was later canceled after a handful of seasons
amid disappointing ratings.
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