Ellen DeGeneres, one of America’s best-known talk show hosts, has announced that she will be ending her daytime show in 2022, noting that after nineteen years it was time to engage in something different.
DeGeneres told her virtual audience that the talk show had been the greatest experience of her life and thanked her fans for watching. However, the 63-year-old woman said she needed “to take a break from talking.”
“My instinct told me it’s time. As a comedian, I’ve always understood the importance of timing,” DeGeneres said.
“Recently, I had a dream that a bird, a beautiful bird with bright red feathers, came to my window and whispered, ‘You can still do stuff on Netflix.’ And that was the sign I was looking for.”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” produced by AT&T Inc’s (T.N) Warner Bros and syndicated to TV stations, has won over 60 Emmy awards yet audiences have dropped over the past 6 months following an internal inquiry into media reports of a toxic work environment behind the scenes.
On Wednesday, DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter that public attacks during that time “destroyed” her but did not influence her decision to end the talk show. She added that this choice was made when she extended her contract for 3 years in 2019.
DeGeneres also said her future plans are uncertain, noting that she is open to movie roles and wants to be more involved in environmental conservation efforts.