Not sure if you are ready to hear this news! Ellen DeGeneres is considering leaving her popular daytime talk show 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show.' In a recent interview with The New York Times, the 60-year-old comedian said her duties as host may end and conflicting advice from her brother, Vance DeGeneres, and her wife, Portia de Rossi, has only made the decision harder.
According to the Times, DeGeneres recently took the option to extend her contract until the summer of 2020, although she had been close to declining and retiring. The conflict comes here; Vance thinks his sister should continue the show because she plays a positive, unifying role in today’s socio-political climate, while her wife wants DeGeneres to spread her creative wings.
It was reported that Vance DeGeneres has been urging his sister to continue the talk show because “in the age of Trump, the country needs her positive, unifying voice on television every day.”
“[De Rossi] gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres told the Times. DeGeneres and De Rossi, celebrated 15 years of togetherness in December. Her wife, as opposed to Vance's view, believes DeGeneres should explore more outlets for her comedy and not rely on a talk show for creativity.
“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 Times about her advice to DeGeneres. “There are other things she could tackle.”
“I don’t see the end of her show as her career ending,” the 'Arrested Development' actress added.
Recently, DeGeneres circled back to the platform she started her career in - a stand-up comedy, with her new Netflix special show titled 'Relatable,' which will drop on the platform December 18. The comedian quit stand-up in 2003, the same year she began 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' which first aired in September of that year. Ever since, the daytime talk show boasts a lineup of 16 seasons and more than 2,700 episodes.
“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.”
“She’s just a bit more complicated than she appears on the show,” De Rossi affirmed. “There’s more range of emotion."