Ellen DeGeneres tells The Hollywood Reporter that she plans to end her long-running daytime talk show in 2022.
“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 THR in an interview published Wednesday.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has aired since September 2003 and has broadcast more than 3,000 episodes.
It features a daily mix of comedy, interviews and human interest stories has been a US television staple, although ratings have declined in recent years.
The news of DeGeneres moving on from her talk show comes after a pandemic-impacted season. The show went on a brief hiatus when DeGeneres was diagnosed with Covid-19 in December. Staffing changes were also made last summer after some producers came under scrutiny for creating a toxic work environment.