On Tuesday, Ellen DeGeneres revealed big news to her studio audience, announcing the three-year extension of her hit talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be doing my show for three more years,” DeGeneres revealed. “Mostly because I love doing it so much every day, but also because that takes me to the end of my car lease.”
Currently in its 16th season, the host’s namesake talkshow will now run through 2022, after having previously been renewed through the 2019-20 television season, USA Today reports.
“From the beginning, I said that this show was going to be like a relationship,” DeGeneres added of the news, during the taping of Wednesday’s episode. “We have been through the good, the bad, the ’50 Shades of Grey,’ phase. It’s been a lot of fun and 16 years is a pretty good run. Sometimes, in a relationship, you need to take a break – but don’t. You’re stuck with me because I just signed for three more years.”
“I really had no idea what this show was going to be when we started. I had gone through a tough time. I lost my career for a little while,” she continued, referring to her groundbreaking coming out moment in ’97 and the subsequent downfall after the series ended the following year. “This show was my second chance, and it turns out it also helped other people go through a tough time.”
DeGeneres’ “Ellen” has earned her 63 Daytime Emmys since its 2003 premiere, 11 of which were for an outstanding entertainment talk show.
Season 17 is set to premiere on September 9th.
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