Ellen DeGeneres to end TV show, says she needs ‘break from talking’

Ellen DeGeneres — BW FILE PHOTO

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres, one of America’s best-known talk show hosts, said on Wednesday she will end her daytime show in 2022, saying that after 19 years it was time to do something different. DeGeneres, 63, told her virtual audience that the show had been “the greatest experience of my life” and thanked her fans for watching. But she said she needed “to take a break from talking.” The Ellen DeGeneres Show, produced by AT&T, Inc.’s Warner Bros and syndicated to TV stations, has won more than 60 Emmy awards. But audiences have fallen in the past six months following an internal inquiry into media reports of a toxic work environment behind the scenes. Three top producers exited the production in 2020, and DeGeneres apologized, promising “a new chapter.” She told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that public attacks during that time “destroyed me” but did not influence her decision to end the show. That choice, she said, was made when she extended her contract for three years in 2019. — Reuters

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