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Ellen DeGeneres considering ending her long-running talk show

Portia de Rossi, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, are seen at the People’s Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater in  January 2017, in Los Angeles. Degeneres is getting mixed advice about retirement from her wife and brother. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)
Portia de Rossi, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, are seen at the People’s Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater in January 2017, in Los Angeles. Degeneres is getting mixed advice about retirement from her wife and brother. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)
By Peter Sblendorio Tribune News Service

Ellen DeGeneres’ long-running talk show could reach its end in the coming years.

The comedian has considered retiring from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which she’s hosted since 2003, and has received mixed advice from her wife and brother about what to do, she told The New York Times in a new interview.

DeGeneres, 60, came close to turning down a contract option to extend her deal through 2020 before ultimately accepting it, and has gone back and forth on what to do moving forward, according to the newspaper.

Her brother – fellow comic Vance DeGeneres – has urged her to keep doing the show, while her wife, “Arrested Development” actress Portia de Rossi, feels she would remain successful if pursued other options.

“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres told The Times of de Rossi.

De Rossi suggested a podcast or radio gig as other mediums where DeGeneres could go, while DeGeneres expressed interest in doing a movie. She voiced the title character in the 2016 animated flick “Finding Dory,” reprising the role from 2003’s “Finding Nemo.”

“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,” de Rossi told the newspaper. “There are other things she could tackle.”

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