Ellen DeGeneres says she is she is considering ending her daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The comedian-show host revealed this during an interview with The New York Times, and this comes months after she extended her contract in a deal that keeps the show on the air until the summer of 2020.
Now, speaking with NYT she said her brother, Vance DeGeneres, wants her to continue on with the show after 2020 because he believes she serves as a hopeful figure in today’s divisive political climate. However, her wife, Portia de Rossi, is encouraging her to explore new opportunities.
“[De Rossi] gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres told the Times. De Rossi thinks that her spouse has “other things she could tackle,” telling the publication, “I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and stand-up [comedian] that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity.”
For DeGeneres, she is currently focusing her efforts on getting back into comedy. She returns to stand-up in her upcoming Netflix special, Relatable, her first comedy special since HBO’s Here and Now in 2003.
“I wanted to show all of me,” DeGeneres explained. “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.”