Ellen DeGeneres to END her talk show after 18 seasons: ratings plummet due to allegations of bullying and a toxic work environment on set: Announcement Could Come As Early As TODAY
- Ellen DeGeneres is ending her talk show after 18 seasons and more than 3,000 episodes, DailyMail.com can reveal
- A source close to the host tells DailyMail.com,’ She has had enough and told her team that she’s done’
- This comes as ratings have plummeted after several former and current employees accused her of fostering a toxic work environment
- ‘The ratings have tanked and have been truly appalling this year and Ellen knows her time is up,’ the source said
- Ellen and Warner Brothers are expected to make a public announcement as early as Wednesday afternoon, according to the source
After 18 seasons and more than 3,000 episodes, a source close to the host said that Ellen is expected to make the announcement today because she ‘has had enough and told her team that she’s done.’
‘She’s promised one more season after this one and will exit at the end of the 2021/2022 season,’ they said. ‘The ratings have tanked and have been truly appalling this year and Ellen knows her time is up.’
The show’s end comes after several former and current employees accused Ellen, 63, of fostering a toxic work environment last year and turning a blind eye to bullying by executives.
Ellen and Warner Brothers are expected to make a public announcement as early as Wednesday afternoon, according to the source.
The source said, ‘The show has bled viewers since the toxic environment around Ellen and her show was made public.’
Ratings in New York City and Chicago are down 40%, while in Los Angeles she’s lost 59% of viewers.
In Philly ratings are down 32% and in San Francisco she’s lost 50% of viewers.
Since its season premiere in September, the show garnered an average of 1.5 million viewers by March – down 1.1 million from the same time-frame a year ago, which had 2.6 million average viewers.
The show got off to a strong ratings start last fall in her 18th season season premiere when she addressed the scandal, but has seen a swift decline in the months since.
‘I learned that things happen here that never should have happened,’ Ellen said in her season premiere. ‘I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.
‘I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility. I take responsibility for what happens at my show.’
‘This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be, and if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that,’ she said. ‘If that’s ever the case, I’ve let myself down and I’ve hurt myself as well because I always try to grow as a person.
‘I look at everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn. I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good, that’s my favorite thing to do.’
The host sent her staff a memo in which she wrote she was ‘taking steps… to correct’ issues with her employees.
‘On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry,’ Ellen said in the memo.
‘As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t,’ she added. ‘That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.’
Among the allegations was one made by a Black woman who claimed she suffered a number of ‘microaggressions,’ her request for a raise was ignored and she was accused of ‘walking around looking resentful and angry’ after asking for staff members to undergo diversity and inclusion training.
Another former employee alleged they were fired after taking medical leave for one month following a suicide attempt.
A popular claim that circulated is that staff members were instructed not to speak to Ellen.
Some claims included that staff are required to chew gum before speaking to her because of her ‘sensitive nose’, and that she polices staff lunch orders and bans anyone from eating fish or meat.
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