Ellen DeGeneres reveals it was her wife, Portia de Rossi who helped her get through the Ellen DeGeneres Show scandal this past summer.
In July of 2020, Ellen was in hot water after a slew of ex-employees came forward after anonymously accusing producers of fostering a “toxic work environment.”
And two months later — Ellen addressed the accusations on the season 18 premiere of her show.
“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation,” she said in September. “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”
“We have made the necessary changes,” she later added, “and today we are starting a new chapter.”
In a joint interview with Portia, Ellen shared with People how she is firmly supported by her wife of 12 years.
“It broke my heart. I couldn’t have gone through everything I went through without her,” the 63-year-old star shared. “It was a horrible time in my life, and she was a rock. She kept me going and tried to help me put things in perspective.”
On August 3, the 48-year-old was quick to defend Ellen, posting to Instagram saying: “To all our fans….we see you. Thank you for your support. #stopbotattacks.”
Portia described her deep connection with Ellen saying, “We’ve grown together as a couple, and we really consider each other and put our relationship first.”
“By doing that,” Ellen added, “you become a lot more solid. I can’t imagine spending time with anyone but her. We think the same things, say the same things at the same time, finish each other’s sandwiches—no, sentences. We’re in a rhythm that’s easy.”
And when it came to what Ellen loves about Portia, the words came easy. “To start superficially, I love the way she looks. I love her brain; she’s smart.”
“That’s really important,” she continued, “She’s strong. She’s confident. She’s really funny. And she’s a good dresser and a good dancer. She’s learning to cook.”
Portia followed up with: “Wow, how do I top that? She is the kindest, most generous, most loving, loyal, trustworthy person I have ever known. She’s a very special human being. Some of it sometimes rubs off on me.”
Ellen quipped: “We’re lucky to have each other. We practice a lot of gratitude.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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