The Gold Coast Bulletin
END OF AN ERA FOR ELLEN
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.