Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running daytime talk show, Variety has confirmed.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show will officially end in 2022. DeGeneres has hosted the series since 2003, meaning the show will have run for 19 seasons by the time it ends.
The show has been a major fixture of the talk show landscape throughout its run and has even inspired a number of spinoffs. Those include shows like Ellen's Game of Games, The Masked Dancer, Family Game Fight and Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways.
The move to end the series is not altogether unsurprising, as DeGeneres' current contract ends in 2022. There had been rumours when she extended her contract in 2019 that she was planning to end the series at that time, though she ultimately signed for another three years.
"I was going to stop after season 16," DeGeneres said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "That was going to be my last season and they wanted to sign for four more years and I said I'd sign for maybe for one. They were saying there was no way to sign for one. 'We can't do that with the affiliates and the stations need more of a commitment.' So, we [settled] on three more years and I knew that would be my last. That was the plan all along."
Recently, however, DeGeneres and the show have come under fire due to allegations of racist behaviour and intimidation on the show. In April 2020, Variety reported on the outrage among the show's crew members over pay reduction, a lack of communication and poor treatment by producers after the pandemic shut down production and a non-union tech company was hired to tape the show remotely from DeGeneres' California home.
DeGeneres did eventually address the allegations and three top producers on the series – executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman – were fired.
"It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn't have come back this season," she told THR.
The Daily Mail first broke the news that The Ellen DeGeneres Show was ending.