Los Angeles, USA
Comedian and host Ellen DeGeneres will step down from hosting “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” beginning May 26, ending one of the most influential shows on television in the United States and around the world.
Michelle Obama, Jennifer Garner, Channing Tatum, Serena Williams, Zac Efron, Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo, Gwen Stefani, David Letterman, Diane Keaton and Kim Kardashian will be some of the last guests on the set.
In addition, DeGeneres’ wife, actress Portia de Rossi, will also appear in the show’s finale.
The comedian already announced last year the end of her popular format, whose influence reached the whole world thanks to top-level guests such as Penelope Cruz, Britney Spears and US President Joe Biden.
“When you’re a creative person, you need to be constantly challenged, and as good as this show is and as fun as it is, it’s not a challenge for me anymore,” the host explained to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has been broadcast since 2003, has been nominated for an Emmy 171 times (with 61 statuettes won) and currently has an average of 2.5 million daily viewers, to which must be added those who follow its viral content on YouTube and other international platforms.
Despite its undoubted success, the format has seen a drop in audience since several reports were made public in 2019 detailing a toxic work environment in the production of the program.
After the online newspaper BuzzFeed published a report in which former employees of the show accused the team of “racism” and “toxic work culture”, DeGeneres’ image was tarnished and she lost a million viewers.
Last summer, the presenter apologized to her team in a public letter.
The comedian already wanted to end her contract in 2019, but finally extended it until 2022, although there will be no more extensions.