Ellen DeGeneres is thinking about leaving her daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
According to a recent interview with New York Times, Ellen opens up about her future on the show Ellen and the advice she’s getting from her wife Portia de Rossi and her brother Vance DeGeneres.
In the interview, DeGeneres recently took the option to extend her contract until 2020, however she strongly considered declining the offer. Vance thinks that his sister should continue the show because she’s a positive influencer. However, DeGeneres’ wife de Rossi wants her to try new things.
“[De Rossi] gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres tells the Times.
De Rossi, who has been with DeGeneres for 15 years, believes her wife should try new things.
“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 tells the Times. “There are other things she could tackle.”
“I don’t see the end of her show as her career ending,” she adds.
Currently, DeGeneres is returning to stand-up with a new Netflix special Relatable. Her first special since Here and Now, which premiered in 2003, over. A decade ago. The new Netflix special hits the streaming platform on December 18th.
“I wanted to show all of me,” DeGeneres says. “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.”
“She’s just a bit more complicated than she appears on the show,” de Rossi agrees. “There’s more range of emotion.“
About Ellen Degeneres:
Ellen started her career in the early 1980s. One of her biggest debuts was in 1986 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She would later appear in movies including Mr. Wrong, EDtv, and The Love Letter. By the early 2000s, she landed the role of Dory in the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo.
She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, she came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her character in the show also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey and the series went on to discuss other LGBT issues. This made her the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television. In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi.
Ellen has a ton of accolades including hosting the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She authored four books and started her own record company, production company, and clothing company. She also won 30 Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Awards, and numerous awards for her charitable works. In 2016, Former President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.