People say every good thing always comes to end. One of the most well-loved and successful talk shows in the world is coming to an end. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, American TV host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres will end her Emmy-winning daytime talk show after 19 years.
In fact, DeGeneres will talk about her decision on Thursday’s episode with guest Oprah Winfrey, who is also known for her talk show that ended after successful years of running.
“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 said in the interview.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” debuted in 2003 and has won more than 60 Emmy awards.
Last year, three top producers exited the show and DeGeneres apologized after reports of a toxic work environment, promising “a new chapter.”
The daily mix of comedy, interviews, and human interest stories has been a US television staple, though ratings have declined in recent years.
“I was going to stop after season 16,” DeGeneres said. “That was going to be my last season and they wanted to sign for four more years and I said I’d sign for maybe for one.
“They were saying there was no way to sign for one. ‘We can’t do that with the affiliates and the stations need more of a commitment.’
“So, we [settled] on three more years and I knew that would be my last. That was the plan all along.”
Throughout the years, Ellen DeGeneres featured multiple Filipino talents — from viral artists to talented singers. These include Marcelito Pomoy, Noah Ascano, Zendeee, Aldrich Talonding, and his cousin James Bucong, AC Bonifacio and Lucky Ancheta, Rhap Salazar, and Maria Aragon.
One of the most recent Filipino guests who graced the said talk show was the Philippines’ blind balladeer, Carlmalone “Carl” Montecido. The invitation came after a video of Montecido singing a cover of Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” went viral on social media.