‘I need something new to challenge me’

Ellen DeGeneres has hosted countless guests in the show’s long run, including former President Barack Obama in 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running talk show.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, she said the Ellen DeGeneres Show, will end in 2022 after its 19th Season, noting that “it’s time” for her to move on after an especially rough last year, which included toxic workplace allegations. She’s expected to make a public announcement on Thursday’s show with guest and daytime-TV predecessor Oprah Winfrey.

DeGeneres said the plan all along has been to end the show when her contract is up next year.

“I knew [the 19th Season] would be my last,” she said of the 2019 deal. “That’s been the plan all along. And everybody kept saying, even when I signed, ‘You know, that’s going to be 19, don’t you want to just go to 20? It’s a good number.’ So is 19,” she laughed.

DeGeneres said in 2018 that wife Portia de Rossi wanted her to call it quits, but her brother, Vance DeGeneres, changed her mind. But now she’s content with her decision.

“Look, it’s going to be really hard on the last day, but I also know it’s time,” she admitted. “I’m a creative person, and when you’re a creative person you constantly need to be challenged, which is why I decided to host the Oscars or why I decided to go back to stand up when I didn’t think I would. I just needed something to challenge me. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

She added, “I need something new to challenge me.”

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