The Gold Coast Bulletin

END OF AN ERA FOR ELLEN

- TIFFANY BAKKER

LOS ANGELES: After nearly two decades on air, Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is ending her show.

The star confirmed the decision publicly on Thursday, but the decision has reportedly been a couple of years in the making.

“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 told The Hollywood Reporter.

DeGeneres’ decision came amid slumping ratings following allegation­s by former and current staffers that the show has been a toxic place to work.

The star insisted her decision to pull the pin on the show, which has run for 19 seasons, had nothing to do with allegation­s in the past year of a workplace environmen­t rife with bullying, racial discrimina­tion and sexual harassment.

“It almost impacted the show,” DeGeneres said.

“It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”

The 63-year-old host, writer, producer, actor and comedian won dozens of Emmy Awards and has been a pioneer of the LGBTQ community in America since she came out as gay in 1997.

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Ellen DeGeneres says her show is no longer a challenge. Picture: Getty Images

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