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Ellen DeGeneres to end long-running daytime talk show after 19 seasons

Ellen DeGeneres' long-running daytime talk show will come to an end this year after 19 seasons.

The talk show host told The Hollywood Reporter that she informed her staff of the decision on Tuesday and will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday to discuss the news.

"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 of her decision.

The ending of the show also comes as reports of a toxic work culture, discrimination and sexual harassment have encircled DeGeneres in the last year. At that time, she publicly acknowledged that the culture of her show had developed into something that did not reflect the values with which she started the show, and pledged to do better.

"It almost impacted the show," Ellen told THR. "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."

DeGeneres, 63, has been a pioneer for the LGBTQ community ever since her "Yep, I'm Gay" "Time" cover story nearly torpedoed her career in 1997. Since starting "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the comedian has racked up more than 64 Daytime Emmys and helped normalize queer representation on television.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres admitted that she had planned to end the show after season 16, but agreed to extend her contract by three years.

"That's been the plan all along," she said.



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