Ellen Degeneres has been on television for decades, most notably in her capacity as a talk show host on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” However, she may soon be retiring from this career.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has been broadcast since 2003 and Ellen’s current contract with the network and production executives ends in 2020.
The host has admitted that she is considering retirement, at least from her career as a talk show host. She seems in favor of having singer Kelly Clarkson replace her once she leaves.
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Kelly Clarkson has made many appearances on Ellen’s show, and the two get on very well with one another. Kelly also interviewed Ellen earlier this year to show off her hosting skills.
At this year’s Billboard Music Awards Kelly was the host and gave a moving speech about gun control.
This made people see her as more than just a singer but as someone with the ability to command a room.
In fall next year she will launch her talk show called “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” This will give her the opportunity to prepare to fill the void that Ellen will leave after her retirement.
Ellen has expressed that she would like to make a change in her career path by retiring from being a talk show host. Her brother, on the other hand, feels differently.
Ellen’s brother, Vance DeGeneres, is also a comedian like his sister. He feels that Ellen symbolizes positivity and humor for her viewers, despite the bad things that are happening in the world.
He, therefore, thinks that her retirement will leave her viewers in the lurch and have a negative influence on the lives of her thousands of fans.
Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi, supports her decision to retire from talk show hosting. They would both like to explore new ventures together.
She has already diversified her career options by going back to her stand up comedy roots in a new Netflix special called “Relatable.”
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Ellen spoke about her decision to return to stand up comedy for the first time in 15 years:
“People know me from my talk show, but they don't -- I mean, a lot of people know that I did stand up, but I've been on the air for 16 years, and [some people] just know my talk show. I wanted them to know that I did something different.”
January 12, 2019