by Staff writer
American comedian Ellen DeGeneres hosts “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” which has gone on to become one of the most popular daytime talk shows ever.
The show which airs on NBC in the afternoons on Mondays through Thursdays, averages around 4.2+ million viewers per episode, according to syndicated daytime television ratings, making it a highly viewed daytime show.
But in spite of this success, the 60-year-old talk-show host is seriously considering retiring.
DeGeneres told the New York Times in a recent interview that she’s thinking about what to do next once her contract with NBC ends in 2020.
DeGeneres renewed her deal in 2016 but had been “close to declining” the offer that would have kept her in front of daytime audiences through Season 17, according to the Times.
The comedian and host reportedly is torn between advice given to her from two significant people in her life: her brother and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi.
“[Portia] gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” she said, alluding to the fact that her brother, comedian Vance DeGeneres, says people need her positivity more than ever in these dark times.
In response, Ellen said she would be interested in doing another movie, especially one in which she could play “someone unappealing” that breaks the mold of her intensely likable persona.
De Rossi, meanwhile, told the Times that she believes her wife has “other things she could tackle.”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has won 57 daytime Emmys since its debut in 2003.