The Ellen DeGeneres Show won’t be renewed after 19 seasons on television. DeGeneres made the announcement on Wednesday, saying she is walking away from her daytime chat show next year.
The news was leaked to the Daily Mail on Wednesday, as DeGeneres prepared to break the news to her devoted viewers.
She later confirmed the claims to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “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.”
The exit comes a year after Ellen’s former staffers complained about her bad behavior behind the scenes.
Her reputation as one of Hollywood’s nicest people took a hit following sexual harassment allegations from current and former staffers.
One ex-employee said producers were mean and sexist which created a toxic work environment.
Ellen issued an apology to staff and insisted she would do better going forward.
Multiple producers were also fired as a result of the many complaints.
Ellen has just launched a new show, Ellen’s Great Design Challenge, on HBO Max, and currently oversees a variety of TV programs.
Kelly Clarkson’s hit daytime show is expected to fill the slot vacated on the schedule by DeGeneres’ departure.