abc confirmed yesterday that it had canceled the comedy ellen, a year after the show made television history when its lead character, played by ellen degeneres, declared she was a lesbian. the ellen degeneres show has been canceled by a major network in australia amidst accusations of toxicity, racism, and harassment. The rst show, ellen, is the one in which she came out and was cancelled the following year. The ellen show debuted on cbs in september 2001, and was cancelled before the end of the rst season. In september 2003, nbc premiered the ellen degeneres show, a daytime talk show that has so far been very successful. this is how ellens show got cancelled november 28, 2016 last week president obama awarded ellen degeneres the presidential medal of freedom. Ellen lee degeneres ( d d n r s d-jen-r-s born january 26, 1958) is an american comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the sitcom ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated tv talk show, the ellen degeneres show, since 2003. Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s and included a 1986 appearance on the tonight show. She returned to network television in 2001 with the short-lived the ellen show, in which her character ellen richmond was openly lesbian from the start, before finding renewed success with her talk show the ellen degeneres show, beginning in 2003, which as of the last quarter of 2019 is still running and is in its seventeenth season.