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Ellen DeGeneres Thinking About Leaving Talk Show

Ellen DeGeneres is thinking about leaving her daytime talk show for the next best thing. After sixteen long, successful seasons, can you blame her?

In an interview with the New York Times, the famed host revealed she was hesitant to extend her contract to 2020. Ellen often talks about moving on with her brother, Vance DeGeneres, and wife, Portia de Rossi, who both see the issue of her leaving daytime tv very differently.

De Rossi would like Ellen to leave, while her brother thinks her brand of positivity is needed on television:

As she prepares to release her first comedy special in 15 years, DeGeneres is considering a much bigger change, retiring from the long-running hit show that bears her name. She’s been receiving conflicting advice from her wife, the actress Portia de Rossi, and from her older brother, Vance DeGeneres, a comedian, and has changed her mind more than once.

Later in the interview, de Rossi chimed in:

“She’s just a bit more complicated than she appears on the show,” de Rossi said. “There’s more range of emotion.“

“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres said, glancing over at de Rossi to see if she’s gone too far.

“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 said. “There are other things she could tackle.”

Ellen agrees that there’s more to her than the nice persona she portrays for her current audience:

“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.”

Read her full interview with the New York Times here and let us know if you’ll be sad to see Ellen say goodbye?




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