Game of Games, which premiered in 2017, saw DeGeneres lead contestants through one of several dozen mini games akin to the games played on her self-titled daytime talk show. Her talk show sidekick Stephen “tWitch” Boss served as announcer and sidekick here as well. Each episode’s winners advanced to the final round for a chance to win a $100,000 cash prize.
The game show started out as a holiday season fill-in for NBC and soon expanded to a year-round primetime slot. Season 4 — which will now be its final season — wrapped up last May. The cancellation caps the show’s run at a total of 48 episodes.
DeGeneres is saying goodbye on another front as well: She’s already announced that her long-running daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will end its 19-year run later this year. The host and comedian faced a wave of controversy in 2020 when published reports from coworkers accused her of fostering a toxic workplace; DeGeneres apologized on air, but maintained that the controversy was not the reason she was ending the show.
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