Full admission time, folks: I actually really like Ellen DeGeneres and have ever since catching her in movies such as Coneheads and Mr. Wrong in the heady days of the 1990s. And for my bottom dollar, short of Billy Crystal, DeGeneres was one of the better Oscar hosts to ever grace the stage of the Kodak Theatre in downtown Hollyweird. So what if I tuned slightly out with the advent of her uber-popular daytime talk show? It’s not like she needed this ex-flannel wearing member of Generation X to bolster her ratings: Right out of the gate, her daily talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show was a ratings bonanza and the actor who outright stole the 1999 flick The Love Letter (and I mean she owned it like a boss; Word.) became America’s de facto Best Friend.
Things got downright Alice in Wonderland last year for the multi-talented DeGeneres when her adoring public came after her with pitchforks and torches, looking for all the part like the angry villagers at the end of 1931’s Frankenstein. This was the underside of fame made transparent as an entire populace professed confusion between who DeGeneres was on her daily show versus the more nuanced, complicated character she was in real life. In society, we oft times build up our heroes to nosebleed stature only to revel in the tearing down of the very image we had a hand in creating. Freud would have had a field day with the 21st Century in general and the sudden about face from the public against the on-camera amiable-ready DeGeneres in particular.
Which brings us to today’s salient and somber news: As reported by our pals over at The Hollywood Reporter comes the breaking news that Ellen DeGeneres has announced she’s ending her daily talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show after the upcoming nineteenth season wraps.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres said that “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – an as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
Addressing last year’s Ellen-Gate, the hostess with the mostest said that the allegations hurled at her were quite hurtful to her. “…It’s not why I’m stopping but it was hard because I was sitting at home, it was summer, and I see a story that people have to chew gum before they talk to me and I’m like, ‘Okay, this is hilarious.’ Then I see another story of some other ridiculous thing and then it just didn’t stop. And I wasn’t working, so I had no platform, and I didn’t want to address it on (Twitter) and I thought if I just don’t address it, it’s going to go away because it was all so stupid.”
We here at Vents will certainly miss Ellen DeGeneres and wish her only the bestest with future plans. For those wanting more details on Ellen’s decision, be sure to tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 13 when she will have a heart-to-heart with the one and only about the ending of her seminal show.