Ellen DeGeneres has been a part of our television lives for decades, and that includes her long-running talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
But as DeGeneres, 60, told The New York Times in a story published Wednesday, she won’t go on forever chatting up guests in the daytime. Though she recently extended her contract until the summer of 2020, she nearly gave it up.
In fact, she often goes back and forth about whether to continue with the show, which debuted in 2003 and has had 16 seasons and over 2,700 episodes.
What keeps her going? Her brother, Vance DeGeneres, as it turns out; in the words of The New York Times, he tells her that “in the age of Trump, the country needs her positive, unifying voice on television every day.”
But DeGeneres’ wife, actress Portia de Rossi, would be happier if she left.
“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” said DeGeneres.
“I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and stand-up that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” said de Rossi. “There are other things she could tackle.”
DeGeneres does tackle other things: She’s producing several upcoming films, including “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” and “Jekyll,” hosts game shows like “Ellen’s Game of Games,” and has an upcoming Netflix comedy special, “Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable.” And, of course, she voiced Dory in 2016’s “Finding Dory.”
These days, DeGeneres is the 15th-highest-paid celebrity in the world, according to Forbes, earning $87.5 million from June 2017 to June 2018.
It’s hard to imagine The Ellen Show coming to an end; if it does anytime soon, we will still never forget the endless laughs we shared while watching Ellen entertain with her special guests and iconic pranks.