SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – It looks like the Ellen DeGeneres Show may be over for good.
The Hollywood Reporter reports DeGeneres informed her staff May 11 of the news – which was a long time coming – and will make the official announcement on her show Thursday.
“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,” DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter.
In Aug. 2020, three of the show’s producers left amid allegations of a dysfunctional work environment that harbored misbehavior, including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.
An internal company investigation of work conditions was prompted by a BuzzFeed News report in July based on 36 interviews with ex-staffers, who complained about or said they witnessed improper and unfair treatment. The people making the claims were not identified.
The comedian and host sent a memo to her staff after the BuzzFeed report, recalling her early promise of ensuring a workplace where “everyone would be treated with respect.” Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”
The show is ending during its 19th season.
Nielsen data shows “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” viewership dropped by 1.1 million people this season, from 2.6 million viewers to 1.5 million viewers.
DeGeneres’s scripted TV show “Ellen” became a historic landmark in TV history in the 1990s when her character came out as gay.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.