Ellen DeGeneres to end talk show in 2022, says its "time to do something different"

연합뉴스 / 2021-05-13 11:28:27
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A number of K-pop stars including BTS, Psy, Seventeen appeared in "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" over the years
Recent media reports on 'toxic working environment' behind the scenes of Ellen Degeneres's show cause ratings to go downhill
▲ This photo shows talk show host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres. [AP=Yonhap News]

▲ This photo shows Ellen DeGeneres posing on the 2020 Golden Globes red carpet. [EPA=Yonhap News]

SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- Ellen DeGeneres (63), one of America's popular talk show host and comedian, has decided to end her famous daytime show for the first time in 19 years, according to Reuters.


DeGeneres said the show is scheduled to end in 2022 and that it was "time to do something different."


The comedian mentioned she needed "a break from talking" and that her "instinct told me [her] it's time. As a comedian, I've always understood the importance of timing."


"The Ellen DeGeneres Show," a weekly talk show produced by AT&T Inc's Warner Bros has received more than 60 Emmy awards so far.


Last year, however, when media reports, regarding a toxic work environment behind the scenes of the show, started to emerge, the ratings for the talk show have fallen in the past six months despite DeGeneres' apology to the issue.


While Ellen DeGeneres stated that public attacks during that time "destroyed me," she further emphasized that it did not influence her decision to stop the show.


According to DeGeneres, the decision was already made when she extended her contract for three years in 2019.


When the comedian was confirmed to have contracted the corona virus in December 2020, the production of the talk show was halted until January 2021.


Although Ellen DeGeneres stated her future plans were uncertain, she added that she was open to movie roles and becoming more involved in environmental protection.


DeGeneres began her career in the stand-up comedy business in her hometown, New Orleans, and became popular in the mid-1990s with the sitcom "Ellen."


However, when both she and her TV character came out as a lesbian in February 1997, the sitcom was canceled since gay people weren't largely accepted in America, according to Reuters.


"The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which began its first broadcast in 2003, is one of the most watched talk shows in the U.S., and is also well known by audiences in Korea for hosting K-pop singers such as BTS, TXT, Psy, SuperM, Seventeen, and Monsta X.


While DeGeneres was introducing the four-time Academy Award-winning film "Parasite" in February 2019, she reportedly made joke on how she sent a nude picture of her to Director Bong but didn't get any replies.





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