Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she her iconic talk show, The Ellen Show,is coming to an end in 2022 after a 19 years on air.
"As great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge any more," she told the Hollywood Reporter.
"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."
Ellen's announcement comes just months after the show faced a flurry of accusations that it was an extremely toxic workplace. But Ellen said that The Ellen Show coming to an end has absolutely nothing to do with that.
"It's going to be really hard on the last day, but I also know it's time," she said. "I'm a creative person, and when you're a creative person you constantly need to be challenged."
"If I was quitting the show because of [the accusations], I wouldn't have come back this season," she said, while admitting it "destroyed" her to see "everything I stand for... attacked".
"It broke my heart when I learned that people here had anything other than a fantastic experience - that people were hurt in any way," she went on.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ellen told staff of her decision earlier in the week and is due to give an interview to fellow chat show host Oprah Winfrey in the coming days.