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Ellen DeGeneres may end talk show when contract expires in 2020

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Legendary daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres may be ending her eponymous show when her contract expires in 2020, according to a New York Times profile published Wednesday.

DeGeneres told the newspaper that she is unsure whether she wants to keep doing “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which she has hosted for more than 15 years. Her wife, Portia de Rossi, is encouraging DeGeneres to channel her creative energies elsewhere, while her comedian brother Vance DeGeneres wants her to keep doing the show.

{mosads}”I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi told the Times. “There are other things she could tackle.”

“[De Rossi] gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres said. 

The “Finding Dory” star just filmed her first stand-up comedy special in 15 years. Called “Relatable,” it will be released on Netflix on Tuesday.

Vance DeGeneres told the Times that his sister is doing the special because she is hoping to break out of “a mold” she’s found herself in.

“I wanted to show all of me,” Ellen DeGeneres said. “The talk show is me, but I’m also playing a character of a talk-show host. There’s a tiny, tiny bit of difference.”

DeGeneres became the first out lesbian lead of her own sitcom when she came out in 1997. Since then, she has amassed a devoted international following.

The 32-time Emmy Award winner said that she would be interested in playing “someone unappealing” for once.

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