Ellen DeGeneres Walks Away From Her Show, Giving Up $50 Million Per Year

It looks like this talk show vet is approaching the end of an era. After months of the Ellen DeGeneres Show limping it’s way through daytime TV – with allegations of its seemingly happy-go-lucky host emitting toxic energy onset bombarding the news cycle- Ellen DeGeneres is finally putting an end to her beyond successful run as a talk show host. Fans of the program will miss the mid-show dances and lavish giveaways, as the 19th season of her 64 time Daytime Emmy award winning show will be its final one.

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While many may pinpoint the reasons for the show’s departure to the July 2020 expose, which berated her professionalism, or the investigations that saw three of her top producers parting ways with the show, DeGeneres tells Hollywood Reporter that it’s simply not the case.

It [the controversy] almost impacted the show. It was very hurtful to me,” the soon-to-be retired talk show host explains, “I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”

Instead, DeGeneres chalks up her decision to the lack of creative challenges the now 18 year old show is bringing to the table.

“When you’re a creative person,” she goes on, “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.”

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Ellen is scheduled to sit down with her contemporary, talk show legend Oprah Winfrey on Thursday to publicly discuss her reasons for the show’s cancellation on air.

For DeGeneres, this decision was a long time coming. She’d juggled with the idea of chucking the show for awhile with her family members advice her in opposing directions. According to a feature in the New York Times, her loving wife Portia De Rossi insisted on her giving up her grueling schedule back in 2018. Though her brother, executive producers of DeGeneres’ fresh NBC show , Ellen’s Game of Games, ultimately persuaded her to take up a contract to extend the talk show for three more years.

While DeGeneres’ $50 million per year salary from the show surely helped in cajoling her to stick around, she vowed that once the contract was finished, so was she too.

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The allegations posed onto the DeGeneres shocked the fans across the world. A 2020 Buzzfeed expose launched an onslaught of conversation regarding America’s happiest comedian at her darkest moments.

“That ‘be kind’ bulls*** only happens when the cameras are on,” a former member of the Ellen DeGeneres Show crew told Buzzfeed, “It’s all for show. I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”

Maybe it’s because the show has bandied out more than $300 million in audience giveaway and around $70 million to charities that word of the misconduct of the show’s higher-ups has only now come to light. But, after the expose left an unremovable stain on the show’s integrity and “positive” facade, investigations were carried out to sift through the mishandlings of executive power – as well as Ellen’s own negligence in the matter. 

All this controversy left three of the show’s top producers without a job – Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman. So, it’s safe to say that the show was a sinking ship far before Ellen released her statement of finally putting it in the grave. Though fans will have to wait for Ellen’s sit-down with Oprah on Thursday to get the scope on why the show must come to an end.

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Sources: Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, People, Buzzfeed

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