LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running daytime talk show.
“She’s cool, she’s funny,” said Brendon Luther in Hollywood Wednesday. “But since all this controversy, it’s tragic.”READ MORE: Ellen DeGeneres Diagnosed With Coronavirus
The 63-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter that the “Ellen” show will come to an end following the upcoming 19th season.
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged, and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” she told the outlet, which reported the news Wednesday.
This comes after the show was embroiled in controversy last summer when several high-level producers were fired following allegations of misconduct and a toxic work environment.READ MORE: Montecito Home Owned By Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi Hit By Burglars
“Those allegations did take a hit on her reputation and I think she wanted to get in front of the narrative and say I’m ending my talk show and this is no longer a challenge for me and kind of get away from those allegations,” said Elizabeth Wagmeister, senior correspondent at Variety.
DeGeneres kicked off the 18th season in September with an apology to her audience.
“I feel like the show is made to be inspiring and happy and it’s that kind of vibe and it’s sad to hear behind the scenes it’s not like that,” added Luther.
At the time, DeGeneres said she was not trying to trick anybody into thinking she is someone she’s not.
“I’m a pretty good actress,” she said at the time. “But I don’t think that I’m that good that I could come out here every day for seventeen years and fool you. 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. If that’s ever the case, I’ve let myself down and I’ve let myself down as well.”