Ellen DeGeneres is considering leaving her show, in part at the urging of wife Portia de Rossi, and because she is exhausted of playing nice and feeling pigeonholed by the part she plays on daytime TV.
But that's not the kind of joke that works on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and she was anxious about hurting the kid's feelings, so she didn't say it.
However, her brother, stand-up comic Vance DeGeneres advised her to stay on, causing a little bit of tension in the family.
DeGeneres has hosted the show since 2003. 'There are other things she could tackle'.
When de Rossi returns, DeGeneres implores her, "Baby, stop riding horses!"
"I wanted to show all of me", DeGeneres added.
DeGeneres has since turned her attention to the stand-up special, which hits the streaming service December 18., in part, to "show all of me" to fans who've become accustomed to her daytime personality.
Ellen Degeneres might helm one of the most popular talk shows on the planet, but the host has admitted she often toys with the idea of calling it all a day.
She said: "It's escapism for what's going on, one hour of feeling good. There's a tiny, tiny bit of difference".
But even with her wealth and a large fanbase, the Times piece makes it clear that DeGeneres is looking for something different.
"I just think she's such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn't have to be this talk show for her creativity".
However, that isn't the reputation she wants to have offscreen, and it's tabloid rumours suggesting she isn't pleasant to her show staff that really annoy her.
DeGeneres, for one, says she yearns to play "someone unappealing" ― apart from a short-lived "American Idol" judge ― in future projects.