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Ellen DeGeneres at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in Jan. 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Ellen DeGeneres will end her long-running daytime talk show after its upcoming 19th season, she confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.

Why it matters: The show's end comes after DeGeneres lost more than a million viewers in the wake of employees alleging a toxic work environment and a culture of fear perpetrated by producers and senior managers, as reported by BuzzFeed News.

  • After DeGeneres made an on-air apology while opening the show's 18th season, ratings plummeted, per the New York Times.

What she's saying: “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres told the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Her decision to end the show "is said to have been several years in the making," per the Reporter, after she shared family discussions in a 2018 NYT profile on whether to move on from the job.

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2021 economy boomed at fastest rate in 37 years

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

The U.S. economy surged ahead with a 6.9% annual growth rate in the final months of 2021 and achieved the strongest growth over an entire calendar year since 1984.

Driving the news: New GDP numbers from the Commerce Department show a remarkable acceleration in economic activity, much faster than the 5.3% growth rate analysts expected.

The Fed isn't the only problem investors are worried about

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Federal Reserve will be raising rates, just as the economy is slowing. The markets hate that.

Why it matters: The ugly start to the stock trading year doesn't just reflect Fed-induced agita — investors are also worried about a growth slowdown.

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White House says Obamacare sign-ups hit record

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaking in the White House in December 2021. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The White House said Thursday that a record 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare marketplaces since Nov. 1, including more than 10 million enrollments through HealthCare.gov.

Why it matters: Last year's stimulus bill contained substantial investments in the program, including increased subsidies for people who don't receive health insurance from an employer or through Medicare or Medicaid.

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