After months of hypothesis, Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that the upcoming season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be the final
Last 12 months was little doubt a rocky one for Ellen DeGeneres, after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted her present to halt manufacturing, resuming filming for its eighteenth season in September. Shortly after manufacturing shut down, the host and execs at The Ellen DeGeneres Show have been lobbed with dozens of complaints from former employees and crew members who alleged behind-the-scenes cases of racism, sexism, concern, intimidation, and sexual harassment — which appeared to foster an atmosphere that undoubtedly runs counter to DeGeneres’ well-known “Be Kind” mantra.
Upon returning to the airwaves, DeGeneres herself addressed the allegations within the season opener monologue, claiming to be unaware of the poisonous atmosphere and noting that her crew had “made the necessary changes” to start out a brand new chapter.
Still, the hit to DeGeneres’ fame appeared palpable, with the present shedding over 1,000,000 viewers between September and March. Rumors started to invest that DeGeneres may step away from the eponymous collection after its upcoming nineteenth season — with DeGeneres herself confirming the information to The Hollywood Reporter at the moment.
“People always say you have to have thick skin to be in this business and I’ve never gotten that. I have very thin skin and things affect me, and I’m proud of that,” she says. “I love that I’m emotional and I still care what people think and say about me” https://t.co/sXBW4lPIDS
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 12, 2021
In her first public assertion, DeGeneres shared that she notified her employees on May 11, and can talk about the information with fellow discuss present titan Oprah Winfrey on the May 13 episode of Ellen. She informed THR, “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.”
Warner Bros.’ Unscripted TV President Mike Darnell shared that he tried to get DeGeneres to rethink the transfer as not too long ago as final month, including, “Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that truly great things never will.”
DeGeneres could have hosted greater than 3,000 episodes and greater than 2,400 celeb interviews over the course of 19 years, telling THR she has been planning to maneuver on since season 16. She doesn’t know what her future plans will entail, however lately, she’s remained a media mainstay exterior her afternoon discuss present, because of her internet hosting and look gigs on unscripted exhibits together with Fox’s The Masked Dancer, NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games, and HBO Max’s Ellen’s Next Great Designer, in addition to a 2018 Netflix stand-up comedy particular and manufacturing work for Discovery.
She claims the allegations waged in opposition to her and higher-ups at her present had no impression on her resolution to step down. Of the unfavourable media consideration, she stated, “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.”
Noting that the claims in opposition to her have been at first “hilarious” and “ridiculous,” she stated, “I wasn’t working, so I had no platform, and I didn’t want to address it on [Twitter] and I thought if I just don’t address it, it’s going to go away because it was all so stupid.”
Then, when the allegations turned to the office, DeGeneres stated, “at first I didn’t believe it because I know how happy everybody is here and how every guest talks about, ‘Man, you have a great place here. Of all the talk shows I’ve done, everyone here is so happy.’ That’s all I’ve ever heard. So, there was an internal investigation, obviously, and we learned some things but this culture we’re living is [is one where] no one can make mistakes.”
Now, DeGeneres says she makes some extent to verify in with staffers over Zoom within the hopes they will come to her with questions or issues, including, “I’m not a scary person. I’m really easy to talk to. So, we’ve all learned from things that we didn’t realize — or I didn’t realize — were happening. I just want people to trust and know that I am who I appear to be.”
DeGeneres says she’s realized that “every single encounter means something,” which has reportedly made her rethink how she interacts with folks. “And if, for whatever reason, one day I wasn’t dancing when I’m in the dry cleaners or I didn’t smile at somebody, it’s like, ‘Oh, did that affect somebody? Was that what they meant?’” she stated. “And I don’t know but I know that I’m just a person with a lot of different emotions and I struggle with depression and with anxiety. So, every day I’m not super smiley, but my intention is never to hurt anyone. And I’ve also looked at it, going, ‘Okay, can I be more present because this one-minute encounter is going to impact somebody in a certain way.’”
At this time, it’s unclear if another person will tackle the identical format as DeGeneres’ present after her departure or if NBC will go in a unique route completely, so keep tuned for more information.