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 challenge.

Known for a mix of celebrity interviews, lighthearted games and occasional dancing, Ms. DeGeneres's show has been a fixture in daytime TV.

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 managers.

Ratings for Ms. DeGeneres's program started to decline after the controversy.

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 entertainers.

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.

Write to Allison Prang at allison.prang@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

May 12, 2021 16:46 ET (20:46 GMT)

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