Ellen DeGeneres has revealed in a new interview that she is considering ending her long-running daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which she has been hosted since 2003.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres took the option to extend her contract in a deal that keeps the show on the air until the summer of 2020. However, the 60-yea-old comedian was close to declining at the time.
She Has Been Receiving Mixed Advice
In terms of the decision, DeGeneres has also been receiving mixed advice from her wife, the actress Portia de Rossi, and her older brother, comedian Vance DeGeneres. According to The New York Times, DeGeneres has changed her mind more than once.
DeGeneres said that her brother Vance wants her to continue on with the show after 2020 because he believes she serves as a hopeful figure in today’s divisive political climate. Her wife de Rossi, however, is encouraging her to explore new opportunities.
“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres told The Times of de Rossi.
De Rossi suggested a podcast or radio gig as other mediums where DeGeneres could go, while DeGeneres expressed interest in doing a movie. She voiced the title character in the 2016 animated film “Finding Dory,” reprising the role from 2003’s “Finding Nemo.”
“I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and stand-up that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi told The Times. “There are other things she could tackle.”
She Is Focusing On Getting Back Into Comedy
Whether or not she decides to step away from her daytime talk show, DeGeneres is currently focusing her efforts on getting back into comedy. She returns to stand-up in her upcoming Netflix special, “Relatable,” which she also mentioned on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday, December 13 and will premiere December 18, 2018. “Relatable” is her first comedy since HBO’s “Here and Now” in 2003.
“I wanted to show all of me,” DeGeneres said. “The talk show is me, but I’m also playing a character of a talk show host. There’s a tiny, tiny bit of difference.”
De Rossi also added to that comment. She told The Times that DeGeneres is “a bit more complicated than she appears on the show. There’s more range of emotion.”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is the top-rated show in the talk genre, growing seven percent year-over-year among the daytime target demographic of women 25-54, with a 1.6 rating.