Gotta know when to fold em and when to hold em. And Mrs. Ellen is no different. She’s decided to throw in the talk show towel (for now).
It’s alleged that the reason she wants to cancel the show is due to some toxicities and bullying on set behind the scenes that all started last year. However, she denied those claims in an interview on Thursday.
“If it was why I was quitting, I would not have come back this year”, she said on Today.
“I really did think about not coming back, because it was devastating. I am a kind person. And I am a person who likes to make people happy”, she continued. She claimed she had no clue about the allegations that came from several current and former employees until she read about them in the media.
What Happens Next
Tiffany Haddish is set to maybe accept the torch of talk show host queen.
According to Newsweek, Tiffany Haddish and James Corden are just some of the names being touted as possible new daytime talk show hosts following Ellen’s announcement that her show is coming to an end after 19 seasons.
The ‘Last Black Unicorn’ Haddish has stood in the gap for Degeneres a time or two in the past. Not to mention, the new show she hosts on CBS, “Kids Say The Darndest Things”. So her resume is kinda fie.
Ellen made the announcement on Wednesday to end her syndicated morning talk show, reaching 300 epidodes. The 63 year old star owns the rights to her show, which is produced by Warner Bros.
In 2019, DeGeneres signed a three-year deal extension to her contract , which means her announcement on Wednesday parallels perfectly with the timing of the end of the deal, with a salary reported to be in the ballpark of $75 million.
How It All Started
According to the Daily Mail, reports surfaced that the talk show started to receive declining ratings, perhaps convincing the star and co-owner Warner Brothers to pull the plug on the show. Viewership declined by 59 percent in Los Angeles and 50 percent in San Francisco, while ratings in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia have dropped from between 40 percent and 32 percent.
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged-and as great as this show is, and as fun as it maybe, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter.