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Ellen DeGeneres Is Considering Retiring From Her Daytime Talk Show

DeGeneres’s contract for The Ellen DeGeneres Show is up in the summer of 2020.

Posted on December 12, 2018, at 9:50 a.m. ET

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Ellen DeGeneres has revealed she’s thinking about retiring from her long-running daytime talk show.

In a New York Times interview published Wednesday, DeGeneres said she’s weighing the option to leave The Ellen DeGeneres Show after her contract is up in the summer of 2020.

The comedian said she’s been receiving conflicting advice from her wife, Portia de Rossi, who wants her to quit, and her comedian brother, Vance DeGeneres, who is urging her to continue.

“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres told the New York Times about de Rossi.

“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,” de Rossi said. “There are other things she could tackle.”

Originally debuting in 2003, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently in its 16th season.

DeGeneres said she was close to not renewing her contract to 2020 and is constantly changing her mind about whether to retire or not.

The Finding Dory star said she wants to do more movies and perhaps play “someone unappealing,” while her wife said she could perhaps shift into radio or podcasts.

“I don’t see the end of her show as her career ending,” de Rossi said.

Representatives for DeGeneres didn’t immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

DeGeneres, best known for her lighthearted talk show and likeability, said she’s even gotten a little sick of dancing, which was for many years a signature of the beginning and end of her show.

“There’s been times someone wants a picture, and while I’m doing a selfie, they’re like: ‘You’re not dancing!’” DeGeneres said. “Of course I’m not dancing. I’m walking down the street.”

DeGeneres’s foray back into stand-up comedy with her new Netflix special shows the comedian in a new light. Her jokes poke fun at how detached she’s become because of her fortune — she made a reported $87.5 million this year alone. She also curses in the special, a sharp turn from her usual persona on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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