Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Ellen DeGeneres may retire from her talk show in 2020

Ellen DeGeneres may retire from her talk show in 2020

DeGeneres, the most prominent lesbian on United States television and one of the world's highest-paid celebrities, spoke to The New York Times about what the future may hold for her career.

The comedian told The New York Times on Wednesday that her hosting duties on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" may come to an end in the next few years.

She admits it was her wife Portia de Rossi who urged her to turn down the deal to keep doing the show until the summer of 2020 so she could try her hand at something else.

Exercising her right of reply, de Rossi, who married DeGeneres in 2008, was adamant that there were other things "she could tackle".

DeGeneres has since turned her attention to the stand-up special, which hits the streaming service December 18., in part, to "show all of me" to fans who've become accustomed to her daytime personality.

"I wanted to show all of me", Ellen said.

De Rossi is encouraging of DeGeneres moving on from her talk show.

While getting ready for a new Netflix show next week called "Relatable", DeGeneres chatted with The Times about her life, from breaking into the night club scene, to coming out of the closet on her sitcom, to dancing her way to become one of the highest-paid celebrities in the world (15th this year at $87.5 million, according to Forbes).

As for DeGeneres, she said she has changed her mind on what direction she will take a couple of times. There's a tiny, tiny bit of difference, ' she explained.

De Rossi said: "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".

'I'm not looking forward to retiring because I love doing this, ' she added. "Of course I'm not dancing. I'm walking down the street", she told the outlet.

"That bugs me if someone is saying that because it's an outright lie", she said.

Her return to stand-up will air as a Netflix special entitled Relatable, a comment about how her wealth has made her less so.

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