Racism, Bullying And More: Ellen DeGeneres Announces The End Of Her Talk Show

 Ellen DeGeneres is ending her talk show. 

After 19 seasons and more than 3,000 episodes, a source close to the host tells DailyMail.com that Ellen is expected to make the announcement today because she 'has had enough and told her team that she's done.'

'She's promised one more season after this one and will exit at the end of the 2021/2022 season - the 19th season of the show.' they said. 'The ratings have tanked and have been truly appalling this year and Ellen knows her time is up.'

The show's end comes after several former and current employees accused Ellen, 63, of fostering a toxic work environment last year and turning a blind eye to bullying by executives.

Ellen and Warner Brothers are expected to make a public announcement as early as Wednesday afternoon, according to the source.

The source said, 'The show has bled viewers since the toxic environment around Ellen and her show was made public.' 

The ratings for total households from February 2020 to February 2021 were down 40% in New York City and Chicago; in Los Angeles she's lost 59% of viewers. 

In Philly ratings in the same time period were down 32% and in San Francisco she lost 50% of viewers.   

Since its season premiere in September, the show garnered an average of 1.5 million viewers by March - down 1.1 million from the same time-frame a year ago, which had 2.6 million average viewers. 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen confirmed the news and said, 'When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore.'

Ellen told her staff of the show's ending on Tuesday and will discuss the news on Thursday's show with Oprah.  

The Ellen DeGeneres Show got off to a strong ratings start last fall in her 18th season premiere when she addressed the scandal, but has seen a swift decline in the months since.

'I learned that things happen here that never should have happened,' Ellen said in her season premiere. 'I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. 

'I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility. I take responsibility for what happens at my show.'

'This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be, and if I've ever let someone down, if I've ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that,' she said. 'If that's ever the case, I've let myself down and I've hurt myself as well because I always try to grow as a person.

'I look at everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn. I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good, that's my favorite thing to do.'

The claims of Ellen's toxic work environment were revealed in July 2020 by one current and 10 former employees of the daytime talk show who accused three executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, of 'bullying.'  

Executive producers Glavin, Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were all fired from the popular talk show following the accusations leveled against them by current and former staffers. 

Ellen came out with an apology after it was announced that her show was subject to a probe by WarnerMedia which looked into 'staff experiences on set'.  

The host sent her staff a memo in which she wrote she was 'taking steps... to correct' issues with her employees.

'On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness - no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry,' Ellen said in the memo. 

'As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly some didn't,' she added. 'That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again.' 

Among the allegations was one made by a Black woman who claimed she suffered a number of 'microaggressions,' her request for a raise was ignored and she was accused of 'walking around looking resentful and angry' after asking for staff members to undergo diversity and inclusion training.

Another former employee alleged they were fired after taking medical leave for one month following a suicide attempt.

A popular claim that circulated is that staff members were instructed not to speak to Ellen. 

Some claims included that staff are required to chew gum before speaking to her because of her 'sensitive nose', and that she polices staff lunch orders and bans anyone from eating fish or meat. 

In addition to these claims, the show was rocked again when three dozen employees of the daytime talk show alleged that senior executives who work behind the scenes groped and kissed staffers, solicited one of them for oral sex, and were 'handsy with women.' 

Jonathan Norman, a co-executive producer, is alleged to have 'groomed' a former employee by taking him to concerts and showering him with other gifts and perks before attempting to perform oral sex on him. 

Kevin Leman, the show's head writer and executive producer, is alleged to have solicited oral sex from an employee. Others say they witnessed Leman grope another colleague.

And Ed Glavin, an executive producer, allegedly 'had a reputation for being handsy with women,' according to former employees. 

The former staffers told BuzzFeed News that they believe the host knew that several of her senior showrunners and producers were alleged to have committed sexual misconduct against junior-level employees. 

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