Ellen DeGeneres is thinking about ending her long-running talk show, she told The Hollywood Reporter but it just won't be happening any time soon.
On the red carpet ahead of a For Your Consideration Emmy panel for her Netflix special, Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable, she said to The Hollywood Reporter, "Yeah, of course. I think that whenever I'm tired. I think that whenever the show is a little rough to do. I'll know when it's the end. I'll know when I feel it. And I don't feel that right now, so we'll see how long I go. But you know, I didn't think I'd go 16 years. This is crazy. I mean, most shows don't."
Going back to when she started the talk show in 2003, she knew that her relationship with viewers would be vastly different than it had been when she was starring in a sitcom.
"Everybody warned me that it's a different thing than being in a sitcom or being an actor, because people know you as a character or they see you once a week [on a sitcom]. But when you're on TV every single day, you're in their living room and they think they know you," DeGeneres said. "So people have preconceived ideas and impressions of who I am. And you know, I can't really live up to all that. I just try to be exactly who I am and show who I am honestly, every day, but I had no idea it was going to be that that impactful."
Once she does decide to end the show, she might choose not to be in front of the camera much.
"I think once I'm done with the talk show, I'm not somebody that needs to be onstage and in front of the camera all the time. I'm happy to step back when I'm done. I'll be happy to just be doing my brand and doing production," she said. "So once I'm done with the talk show, I think then you'll see me do stand-up once in a while and that's it.”