Ellen DeGeneres announced Wednesday that her eponymous daytime talk show will end with its upcoming 19th season.
“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 our sister pub The Hollywood Reporter.
Last August, amid a ballooning behind-the-scenes controversy involving widespread accusations of a toxic workplace, Ellen DeGeneres Show exec producer Andy Lassner denyied rumors that the series was on the verge of cancellation. “Nobody is going off the air,” Lassner insisted on social media.
DeGeneres last summer addressed the accusations of bullying and mistreatment on the show’s set in a letter to her crew. In the letter, DeGeneres says she always wanted her show to be “a place of happiness,” and “I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.” She went on to say that once she learned of the allegations, “we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues.”
Implying that other executives on the show had failed to uphold her standards of conduct, she vows: “That will now change, and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.” (Ellen executive producer Ed Glavin, who is at the center of several of the allegations, will reportedly be let go, according to THR.)
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The allegations from current and former Ellen employees, detailed in multiple Buzzfeed reports — including one that dropped late Thursday, after Lassner’s cancellation denial — range from racist comments from senior producers, to staffers being fired for taking time off to attend family funerals, to rampant sexual misconduct and harassment in the workplace. DeGeneres wasn’t directly implicated in the accusations, but as one former employee put it: “If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on.”
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