Ellen DeGeneres may be ending her talk show.
The Ellen DeGeneres Talk Show first aired in 2003. Now, 15 years, 17 seasons, and hundreds upon hundreds of guests later, host Ellen has revealed she's considering seeing the show finally come to an end once and for all in 2020, CNN reported.
In an interview with the New York Times, the 60-year-old comedian explained that her contract with the show is up in the summer of 2020. Although she recently opted to extend it to this date, she revealed she found herself quite close to declining and is constantly changing her mind about leaving.
As it so happens, it is the two people closest in Degeneres' life, her wife Portia de Rossi and her brother Vance, who have her torn between continuing or ending her show. The two have been giving her pretty mixed advice: her brother wants to see her stay and continue to provide audiences with comedy and positivity, whereas her wife believes she isn't anchored to her talk show.
"[de Rossi] gets mad when my brother tells me I can't stop," Degeneres told the Times.
In the same interview, de Rossi defended herself and explained, "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. There are other things she could tackle."
"I don't see the end of her show as her career ending," she added.
During the interview, de Rossi suggested her wife pursue a career on the radio or try hosting her own podcast while Degeneres seemed more interested in furthering her acting career. She's already lent her voice to two films: 2003's animated comedy Finding Nemo and then again as the title character in its 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.
Before launching her talk show, DeGeneres began her career as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s into the 90s. She later starred in two sitcoms: Ellen in 1994 until 1998, and then The Ellen Show between 2001 and 2002. One year later she would begin the daytime talk show that has earned her both incredible popularity and critical praise. During its 17 season run, the show has currently won 59 Emmy Awards, as well as 17 People's Choice Awards.
It's not only de Rossi who believes Degeneres could benefit from seeing her show come to an end. TMZ reportedly caught up with the show's DJ, tWitch, who justified his boss' decision to leave, should that be what she chooses.
"She deserves everything and more," he told the TMZ reporter, citing all of her work both on the television show and off. "When she's ready to hang it up, she absolutely deserves to hang it up."
Although he agreed she's certainly capable of stepping away from the show, tWitch also admitted he doesn't see her staying away for very long and thinks of it more as a break than as quitting for good.
"I don't know how long that break is going to last," he said. "Forever? No. Nothing lasts forever. We just gotta soak up the good times while we've got them."