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Ellen DeGeneres to end her show after 19 years

Ellen DeGeneres is about to sign off.

The show’s most famous face has announced that her 19th season will be her last one. The decision, which was made by DeGeneres, was said to have taken years to reach. She told her staff on May 11 and will share the news on Ellen‘s May 13 show with longtime friend and daytime predecessor Oprah Winfrey.

Ellen DeGeneres announced on Wednesday that her long-running talk show would end next year, marking the end of a career that began in a New Orleans comedy club, led to more than 30 Emmy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and included a late period in which she adopted Be Kind as a slogan and brand name for merchandise she sold to her audience.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which began in 2003 and is still going strong in season 16, has been a huge hit for Ellen and has solidified her as one of the most memorable talk show hosts ever—right up there with Oprah Winfrey. In this photo from 2004, she is holding one of the show’s first Daytime Emmy Awards of nearly 60 they have amassed thus far.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which debuted in 2003 and is distributed by Warner Bros., features a variety of dancing, games, and giveaways, as well as A-list celebrities. However, the host, who built her brand around the motto “Be Kind,” began Season 18 with a lengthy apology in September.

“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 said in theinterview

Ellen was born in Metairie, Louisiana, on January 26, 1958, to Elliott and Elizabeth “Betty” DeGeneres, who later divorced when Ellen was 13. She has one brother, Vance, who is now 64.

Since its start in 2003, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has won more than 60 Emmy awards.

Her statement came after the 18th season of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” also known as “Ellen,” saw a significant drop in ratings. It has lost more than a million viewers since September, a significantly bigger drop than any of her competitors has encountered this television season.

Perhaps the biggest honor of her career, Ellen was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest honor a civilian can receive—by then-President Barack Obama in 2016. Obama brought up how much courage and bravery she had to come out when she did, saying that her action helped the LGBTQ community and helped “push our country in the direction of justice.”

“I was going to stop after season 16,” DeGeneres said. “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 [agreed] to three more years, and I knew it would be my final one. That was always the plan.”

Ellen taught us to “just keep swimming” with the 2003 film Finding Nemo, in which she played a blue tang fish with short-term memory loss named Dory alongside Albert Brooks and Alexander Gould. Finding Nemo went on to win an Oscar and was the #2 film of the year, according to Box Office Mojo.

Last year’s allegations that the show’s workplace was “dominated by fear” were not a factor in the 63-year-decision old’s to cancel the show.

“I wouldn’t have come back this season if I was quitting the show because of that,” she said, admitting that it “devastated” her to see “everything I stand for… attacked.”

When Ellen DeGeneres’ character came out as gay on her scripted TV show Ellen in the 1990s, it became a historic moment in television history.

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