Ellen DeGeneres has become the queen of talk shows as the host of the longtime running Ellen DeGeneres Show. Despite its popularity and massive success, DeGeneres just revealed that she has decided to leave the show, which is currently in its 16th season.
She opened up in a recent interview with The New York Times and revealed that the Ellen Show has an end date.
Wait? How can this be?! In the candid interview, DeGeneres says that she extended her contract to 2020, giving us two more years of Ellen.
The talk show host explained that it was a difficult decision to leave the show and revealed that she felt an obligation to continue it due to its uplifting impact on her audience.
But, she decided that it was ultimately time to end this chapter in her career and revealed that she weighed each option heavily beforehand. DeGeneres said that she also consulted her wife Portia De Rossi, her brother, and another comic along the way to ensure that she was making the right choice.
DeGeneres says de Rossi is in favor of her leaving the daytime talk show, while her brother believes television audiences needs her daily dose of positivity.
"She gets mad when my brother tells me I can't stop," DeGeneres says of her wife when revealing how each party felt about her leaving the show. That's because de Rossi believes that there will be more opportunities for DeGeneres to use her talent and connect with people on the same scope.
"I just think she's such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn't have to be this talk show for her creativity. There are other things she could tackle," de Rossi chimed in. "I don't see the end of her show as her career ending."
DeGeneres also addressed some rumors that have been circulating regarding her off-set behavior. The talk show host has been described as being "nasty to staff members" off camera, which DeGeneres says upsets her to hear.
"That bugs me if someone is saying that because it's an outright lie. The first day I said: 'The one thing I want is everyone here to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don't work here,'" the host explains. "No one is going to raise their voice or not be grateful. That's the rule to this day."
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