As Ellen DeGeneres’s contract for her talk show draws closer, the daytime host may be considering retirement.
According to Yahoo, the comedian told the New York Times in an interview that she was seriously considering the move. DeGeneres’s contract is set to expire in summer of 2020, and she believes that could be the perfect time to bring things to a close.
By making this decision, DeGeneres would be allowed to pursue other creative projects, and be able to flex her personality beyond the cheerful, bubbly talk show host. DeGeneres shared how she has been wrestling with the decision, and how her wife, Portia de Rossi, has been encouraging her to move on. “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 explained. She went on to add, “I don’t see the end of her show as her career-ending.”
DeGeneres was recently able to flex her creativity and personality, in her upcoming Netflix special, Relatable. Co-director of the special, Tig Notaro, explained how Ellen was able to be more real in it instead of how she’s typically perceived, which is “trapped in the world of being asked to dance and expected to be nice…”
DeGeneres has said she feels torn about bringing her show to an end, and keeping it going to keep the spread of positivity. No official decision has been made yet by DeGeneres, but time will tell what the comedian ends up deciding.
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