Ellen DeGeneres SLAMS 'toxic' workplace rumors & insists she 'doesn't understand it' after revealing she's QUITTING show
ELLEN DeGeneres has insisted she's not quitting her long-running talk show because of 'toxic' workplace allegations made against her by crew members last year.
The 63-year-old announced yesterday that she will stepping away from The Ellen Show after 19 seasons on air.
And in light of her news, the comedian has said that her decision to leave the show has nothing to do with the 'toxic' workplace claims – and insisted if it was she wouldn't have returned for the current season.
She told Today's Savannah Guthrie in a new interview airing today: "If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year.
"I really did think about not coming back, because it was devastating. It started with attacks on me and attacking everything that I stand for and believe in and built my career around… I am a kind person.
"I am a person who likes to make people happy."
The TV star also disputed reports that she knew there were problems behind-the-scenes and insisted she had "no idea" about the allegations until she read about it in the media.
She said: "I don't know how I could have known when there's 225 employees here and there are a lot of different buildings,
"Unless I actually stayed here until that last person goes home at night.
"It's my name on the show, so clearly it affects me, and I have to be the one to stand up and say this can't be tolerated."
Her frank comments come after viewers saw Ellen breakdown in tears as she officially announced her decision to end her famous talk show yesterday.
The daytime host immediately got emotional during her monologue confession as she explained that her “instinct” told her the time for The Ellen Show was here.
“Today, I have an announcement to make. This season, season 19, is going to be my last season,” she said on Thursday’s episode.
The 63-year-old comedian then began to have tears swell in her eyes as she needed a moment to collect herself.
"So the past 18 years, you have to know has changed my life. You all have changed my life.
“I am forever grateful for you for laughing, dancing and sometimes crying. This show has been the greatest experience of my life and I owe it all to you.
“So thank you, thank you thank you,” she repeated with a bow to the virtual audience.
Ellen said that she "thought a lot about this decision" and "sat with it for a while," adding: "Two years ago I signed a deal for three more years and I always knew in my heart that Season 19 would be my last."
She added that "19 is a great number," as the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote and "on the periodic table, 19 is the atomic number for potassium."
Ellen said she had to trust her instincts that it's "time" to end the show, stating: "As a comedian, I have always understood the importance of… timing.
"In all seriousness, I truly have felt like next season was the right time to end this amazing chapter.
"In 1997 I knew it was time to come out on my sitcom and live my truth.
"Back then I had a vivid dream that a bird flew out of a cage and set itself free because it needed to get out of that cage and recently I had a dream that a bird- a beautiful bird with bright red feathers came to my window and whispered, 'You can still do stuff on Netflix.' And that was the sign I was looking for."
Despite the show coming to an end, Ellen "promised" her viewers that they will have "a fantastic final season" and "it will be a season where I truly get to say 'thank you."'
She concluded: "Everyday will be a celebration. There will be a lot of surprises. There will be trips down memory lane, a few detours through 'why did I wear that' ally."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen told the news to her staff on Tuesday and plans to discuss it with Oprah Winfrey during her Thursday episode.
Ellen will be quitting after her 19th season finishes airing in 2022.
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