What’s next for Ellen DeGeneres after the talk show ends?

Sixteen-time Emmy Award winner Ellen DeGeneres will bid farewell to daytime viewers Thursday during the series finale of her longtime talk show. And it could be a while before audiences see her again on the big — or small — screen.

After more than 3,000 episodes, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” host isn’t jumping on any major projects just yet — even though she’s had “an amazing deal” in the works for months. Instead, she’s taking the advice of former daytime TV queen and friend Oprah Winfrey to take the time to ‘sit down and think’, although she admits she’s not very good at it. for that.

“I’ll try to take his advice, which is, ‘Don’t do anything for a year. No matter how good the offer, sit for a year,” DeGeneres said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday. “And I’ll tell you, I have an amazing offer right now that I got months before I finished. It’s really, really hard to say no and I’m asking to delay it because I’m really trying to keep calm. This is my first self-imposed break. The last one was not.

This “last” refers to the three-year hiatus she took from television in the late 1990s after stepping out on her hit ABC sitcom, “Ellen,” then faced backlash and a abrupt cancellation by the network.

“And three years at the time seemed like an eternity but, looking back on it, it was a blip, and so I can do a year. I’m going to start traveling in a few weeks and try to enjoy my time,” said the host.

This time around, a workplace scandal was a major catalyst in the loss of the once-beloved program and could overshadow its legacy. The syndicated show ends Thursday with an appearance from actress Jennifer Aniston, the show’s first and now last guest, and performances from Pink and Billie Eilish.

The 64-year-old comedian said she was also being offered private gigs and jobs in Las Vegas. She is not yet sure whether she will return to stand-up comedy or acting, but plans to produce documentaries. In fact, she’s heading to Rwanda in a few weeks where she’s opening a 12-acre campus focused on saving wild mountain gorillas. There, she will shoot a documentary about the operation.

DeGeneres is also signed on for another comedy special for Netflix to follow 2018’s “Relatable,” THR reported, and is eyeing a potential movie role.

Elsewhere in DeGeneres’ THR interview, the host acknowledged the “very, very difficult” scandal that engulfed her show in 2020 with allegations of a toxic work environment.

DeGeneres said she planned to end the daytime show three years ago, but was convinced to continue. And now is “definitely the right time” to end it.

“A lot of unfortunate things have happened during this time, but that’s what it is – you go through things in life and you keep learning and growing. That’s how I have to see it But it’s definitely time to quit. And producers, we’ll all keep in touch. Andy [Lassner] still texts me at least three times a day,” she said.

DeGeneres added, “I just have to believe that everything that happened during that time, which was obviously very, very difficult, happened for a reason. I think I learned a lot, and there are things that shocked and surprised me. It was an eye opener for me, but I just trusted it had to happen.

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