Ellen DeGeneres to end her talk show after 19 seasons, recent scandals

Kate Feldman
New York Daily News

Ellen DeGeneres is sending herself home.

The daytime talk legend is calling it quits after her show’s upcoming 19th season in 2022, she told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, a move she claims is entirely her choice.

Ellen DeGeneres drew cheers from the studio audience of her national talk show in 2019 when she announced that each person would receive a $500 bundle of Scratchers tickets from the California Lottery.

“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,” she told the outlet.

While the 30-time Emmy winner said the plans have been in the works for years, it’s hard to miss the timing of the news after she was bombarded last summer by allegations of behind-the-scenes bullying, sexual harassment and mistreatment.

“It broke my heart when I learned that people here had anything other than a fantastic experience — that people were hurt in any way,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.