DeGeneres spoke of hosting more than 3,000 shows and said: “Today I announce that next season, season 19, will be my last season.”
DeGeneres will apparently discuss the move with today’s predecessor, Oprah Winfrey, on Thursday’s show.
“When you’re a creative person, you have to be challenged all the time – and as great as this show is, it’s just fun, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter.
The news of the end of the show comes after BuzzFeed reported allegations of a toxic work environment last summer, and after a drop in what The New York Times reported, there were more than a million viewers during the 2020-2021 TV season.
“While all good things have to end, you still have hope that the really great things will never happen,” said Mike Darnell, president of the Warner Bros. television division. “The show and Ellen brought comedy, joy, happiness, comfort (and dancing!) To countless millions every day for 18 years. It was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape and will be greatly missed.”
The DeGeneres representative did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.