Today’s favorite daytime talk show host may be leaving her hit show in 2020.
Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres’ contract will come to an end in 2020 and she’s thinking about leaving the show afterwards for good. The 60-year-old told New York Times that she’s interested in pursuing other projects that allow her to express more of her personality. While she loves her show, her wife Portia de Rossi, wants her to have a change pace.
During the interview, which was set up to promote her new Netflix comedy special “Relatable,” DeGeneres expressed how the special allowed her to abandon the “nice woman” character she’s created on the talk show. Co-director Tig Notaro said the host is “trapped in the world of being asked to dance and expected to be nice. … It’s an interesting pickle she’s in.” While DeGeneres said that her “talk show is me,” she admitted she’s “also playing a character of a talk-show host,” adding,” There’s a tiny, tiny bit of difference.”
DeGeneres’ wife says it’s time to hang it up. “I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi told the New York Times. “There are other things she could tackle.” Post-daytime project ideas include another movie from the woman who voiced Dory in ”Finding Nemo,” with DeGeneres saying she’d have fun playing “someone unappealing,” Yahoo reports. De Rossi also thinks DeGeneres should look into doing a podcast, “I don’t see the end of her show as her career-ending.” On the other side DeGeneres’ brother, Vance DeGeneres, says she can’t stop the show as people need her positivity during Trump’s reign. DeGeneres told the paper that de Rossi “gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop.”
The show has been on air since 2003 and has won several awards. DeGeneres recently renewed her contract but is still in the decision-making process. Her comedy special hits Netflix on Dec. 18.