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The Ellen DeGeneres Show To End After 19 Seasons

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At the end of a rocky 2020-21 season, following a toxic workplace environment controversy and amid declining ratings, Ellen DeGeneres is ending her daytime talk show. DeGeneres’ current contract takes The Ellen DeGeneres Show through the upcoming 2021-2022 season, the show’s 19th, and it will now be the program’s final chapter.

Like the last year for the show, the announcement of its end was messy, with the news leaking to a tabloid, The Daily Mail, which broke it early Wednesday morning, thwarting DeGeneres’ and the show’s producer Warner Bros.’ plans of announcing the news on their own terms. DeGeneres will speak about the pending end of her daytime talker in the opening monologue she will be taping later today.

After a long reign as daytime’s top entertainment talk show and a slew of Daytime Emmys, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, produced by Warner Bros.’ Telepictures, has struggled during the pandemic-impacted 2020-21 season, with its ratings falling 40% year-to-year, pushing the program down the daytime rankings. The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘s ratings dive was examined in a March story of the New York Times, which got a lot of attention and raised questions about the talker’s future.

Following a string of reports about a toxic workplace on the show last spring and summer and an internal investigation by Warner Bros., the show made a number of behind-the-scene changes last fall, including ousting long-time executive producers, and DeGeneres apologized to her staff.

DeGeneres in 2019 indicated that she was seriously mulling ending her show but ended up signing a new three-year deal to extend the program through 2022.

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