After almost two decades of entertaining her audience with her witty charm, interacting with numerous celebrity guests and showing their different side to the audience, The Ellen DeGeneres show has come to an end.
The announcement for the show’s end came to her employees after she addressed them on Tuesday and informed them about it. She discussed the topic and its details in her interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The announcement came at a time when the show’s audience has been plummeting because of the allegations and controversies surrounding the show. However, Ellen said that she was ending the show for creative reasons and not because of the decrease in the audience.
In her statement to The Hollywood reporter, she said, “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, its just not a challenge anymore.”
Mike Darnell, President of the unscripted TV at Warner Bros., said, “Although all good things must come to an end, you still have to hope that truly great things never will.” Confirming the announcement of the end of the show.
The show will come to end sometime in the spring of 2022 starting in the September.
History of the show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show debuted in 2003 as a daytime talk show welcoming celebrity guests, having fun with them, showing a different side of those celebrities has been a common sight on the show since its beginning. All brought together with the wits of a Comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
Along with being a show loved and embraced by the audience, the show also won 60 Emmy’s over the years and has been one of the longest-running shows on Air, with 19 seasons.
Ellen told The Hollywood reporter that “I was going to stop after season 16.” But after many discussions, she agreed to do three more seasons and end it with 19 seasons. Ellen herself made the information public in May 2019 that she has already signed a deal and will continue hosting her show through 2022. She said, “From the beginning, I said this was going to like a relationship.” She added to it, saying, “We’ve been through the good, the bad, the Fifty Shades of Grey phase. It’s been a lot of fun, and 16 years is a pretty good run. Sometimes in a relationship, you need to take a break. But I don’t. You’re Stuck with me. I just signed for three more years.”
Controversies around the show
Ellen’s show has been going through a very rough time for almost a year now regarding the controversies and allegations of mean behaviour of the host, a toxic work environment on the sets and allegations of social misconduct by the current and former employees for the producers of the show.
It all started when a Youtuber Nikkie de Jaegar who runs her YouTube channel Nikkie tutorials, opened about her experiences of visiting the sets of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on a Dutch talk show, De Wereld Draait Door, in Feb. 2020.
Nikkie told the host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk that her experience on the show was not as good as she expected it to be, and later in an interview got as far as saying that she was given a very cold welcome by one of the interns on the show.
Things took a turn for the worse when host a podcast Kevin T. Porter started a thread on Twitter and asked his followers to respond to the tweet with”most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean”, and unexpectedly the comment section was flooded with thousands of responses with the comments of former employees, some of the current employees.
The former employees mostly blamed the producers and executive producers for not providing a proper work environment and employment details. Additionally, they accused them of firing the employees for taking medical leaves and got as far as accusing them of harassment.
In response to such reports, executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner released a statement saying, “Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members. We have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment. We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us. For the record, the day-to-day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously, and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”
After a period of silence on the allegations, Ellen acknowledged the allegations and addressed them in one of her monologues, saying, “I am so sorry to the people that were affected.” She added, “I know that I am in a position of privilege and power, and with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”