American TV Personality and Host, Ellen DeGeneres, has hinted on the likelihood of ending her show in 2022.
In a recent interview with ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, the 63-year-old highlighted a ‘lack of challenge’ as a key reason for bringing the show to an end.
“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 stated.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” first aired in 2003 and is currently in it’s 18th season. Its mix of comedy, games and intimate discusses, with popular figures on a daily basis has made it earn accolades – including 64 daytime Emmy Awards.
The show, which will come to its conclusion in Season 19, is currently being produced by Warner Bros. Television, and has an estimated annual take-home value of $50,000,000.
DeGeneres also downplayed the idea of quitting because of the ‘drama’ and stakes of the show, stating that she will definitely miss her backroom staff on the show.
“If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping, but it was hard because I was sitting at home, it was summer, and I see a story that people have to chew gum before they talk to me and I’m like, ‘OK, this is hilarious.’ Then I see another story of some other ridiculous thing and then it just didn’t stop. And I wasn’t working, so I had no platform, and I didn’t want to address it on [Twitter] and I thought if I just don’t address it, it’s going to go away because it was all so stupid.
“Listen, this is my family. They’ve become my best friends,” she added. “I come to work and I laugh every single day.
“I have some ideas but my agent is just like, ‘Why don’t you just sit still for a minute. You probably don’t even know how exhausted you are and what it’s going to be like to sit still.’ And I don’t know how long I’ll be able to do that because I’m like a Ferrari in neutral. I’m constantly needing to go.
“So, that’s my first challenge and then I’m going to figure it out. I wouldn’t have thought I was ever going to do a talk show when I stopped doing movies and sitcoms. I thought that that was the only path. And then all of a sudden there was a talk show that took me on this 19-year journey,” Ellen DeGeneres explained.