To the surprise of not a single person on the planet, Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is pulling down the shutters on her daytime talk show after 19 years. “When you’re a creative person, 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,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
his doesn’t come as a shock because the Ellen brand has turned steadily toxic across the past 18 months. There was that hugely damaging Buzzfeed story from 2020 in which staffers went public about a production allegedly beset by bullying and racist micro-aggressions. DeGeneres (63) herself was not implicated in the shabby behaviour, which resulted in the departure of three producers after an internal investigation. Nonetheless, it added to the feeling that her mantra of “be kind” was just for the cameras. That she was cosplaying basic human decency.