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 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
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.
“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.”
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.