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Ellen DeGeneres announced on Wednesday that she was ending her longtime talk show with namesake.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” ends with the upcoming 19th season in 2022.
“When you’re a creative person, you have to be constantly 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.
The decision will be made based on the ratings of the talk show dramatically decreased in attendance After the star’s toxic workplace scandal that hit the headlines last year.
Per Nielsen’s ratings in March “The Ellen DeGeneres Show“lost over 1 million viewers during the show’s current season 18.
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Meanwhile, 63-year-old DeGeneres told THR that the decision to quit the show was not due to the internal investigation. “It’s not why I’m quitting,” she said. “It almost affected the show. It was very hurtful to me. I mean very. But if I had left the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. “
Eric Schiffer, a author and leading media and branding expert who did not work with DeGeneres, told Fox News that he believed the comedian’s end began when the allegations surfaced last summer.
“This is an example that proves that audiences demand authenticity from their hosts. If they find out celebrities are fake, the celebrity faces disaster,” he argued.
Schiffer added that he believes Warner Bros., the studio that produces “Ellen,” could be in charge. “Warner Bros. measures its success by ratings and now has to grapple with the reality of a suffering show,” he said.
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But he added, “The public didn’t see the end of Ellen. I think they will continue to find ways to have a voice, either as a producer or otherwise within entertainment.”
Belva Anakwenze, director of a Los Angeles-based management company, agreed with Schiffer’s opinion.
“The end of this show was inevitable. The toxic corporate culture, coupled with increased production logs and costs, created the perfect storm for this completely disjointed show,” she told Fox News.
“The toll of the pandemic and lackluster audience numbers weighed on production,” she noted.
Angela Reddock-Wright, a Los Angeles employment attorney and mediator, agreed that the show’s ending is a direct response to the toxic claims made in the workplace.
She told Fox News, “When stories surfaced that Ellen’s show wasn’t all about backstage fun and games, it was the beginning of the end. She didn’t want to go away on such a bad note, so she stopped and tried to change the situation for their employees. Ultimately, if ratings go down, this is probably a good time to walk away. “
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Reddock-Wright hopes other Hollywood producers and talent will learn from the scandal by “creating great jobs” and “not having tolerance for these issues”.
After the internal investigation was completed in August 2020, a Warner Bros. spokesman confirmed to Fox News that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman had “split” from the show.