Ellen DeGeneres Talks About Ending Her Show During Oprah Winfrey Interview

After the show, Ellen wants “to be challenged”

Recently, Ellen DeGeneres shared the expected but still surprising decision of ending The Ellen DeGeneres Show Season 19 in 2022. As everyone expected the tv show host to shed more light on this new step, Ellen DeGeneres chatted at length with Oprah Winfrey during a virtual interview with her on Thursday’s episode. 

During the episode, Ellen DeGeneres chatted with Oprah Winfrey and shared how she is “really feeling” about ending the show after the next season i.e., Season 19.

“I didn’t rehearse the monologue. I knew what I was going to say, but the words hadn’t come out of my mouth. So I was okay until I started talking and it became real,” Ellen DeGeneres told Oprah Winfrey. “Obviously, I got emotional because it’s real now. But I’m feeling good.” 

“I feel like it’s the right thing to do, but I’m charged. It’s a weird thing to announce that I’m stopping,” she added. 

After listening to Ellen DeGeneres’ heartfelt admission, Oprah Winfrey also reminisced during the interview how she was in an “exact position” 10 years ago when she took the difficult decision to end The Oprah Winfrey Show after 25 successful seasons.

“I know what those feelings are. I also know the feelings leading up to it,” she said. “So hearing you say and announcing to the world that it was your instinct and that you thought long and hard about it because anybody would know that for something that is as powerful as this show is in other people’s lives, that you would not take that lightly and that the coming to the realization that now it is time is a process.”

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Ellen DeGeneres tells Oprah Winfrey that she wants “to be challenged”

After ending the show, Ellen DeGeneres wants a creative life just like Oprah Winfrey has had since her show was wrapped up. 

“There’s just different things as a creative person that I feel like I need to do,” DeGeneres said. “We still have the digital Ellen Tube, Ellen Tube is huge. We have original shows, that’s going to continue. Our social media’s going to continue. I still am going to be very much involved with digital.”

But while she is not disappointed that the Ellen Show is ending after such a glorious run, Ellen DeGeneres shared with Oprah Winfrey that she missed her in-person audience as the virtual viewers don’t boast “the same energy.” Thus, she is praying that by the time Season 19 begins, it will once again be possible to have an audience in the studio.

The difficulty in telling the show’s crew about the decision

“There were tears. It was really hard because I do love everyone here. We do have a relationship,” Ellen DeGeneres shared with Oprah Winfrey, adding that she wants to make it easy for her staff to transition. “You know, it’s every single day for me. I come in every day and this is my life and theirs too. But I wanted to give them a year. I wanted to give them enough time to know. I didn’t want to do it the last year I was here. I wanted to give them a year to celebrate with me and stay with me.”

Ellen DeGeneres’ decision to end The Ellen DeGeneres Show with season 19 in 2022 was revealed by her in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where she shared that while doing the show is “great” and it is “fun,” “it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

She touched upon her decision in Wednesday’s episode of the show as well. “The past 18 years … has changed my life. You all have changed my life,” she said. “I am forever grateful to all of you for watching, for laughing, for dancing — sometimes crying. This show has been the greatest experience of my life and I owe it all to you.” 

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