Ellen DeGeneres Buys Back $14.3M Ranch After Bombshell Announcement

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Amid the allegations of her toxicity and on the heels of her announcing the end of The Ellen Show, after nearly twenty years on air, Ellen has decided to go home – again. Situated in Montecito, California, the couple bought the house for $14.3 Million after selling it in 2018 to Tinder CoFounder Sean Rad.

Over the past year, Ellen has been in a whirlwind of allegations.

In July 2020 Brad Garrett tweeted that it was ‘common knowledge’ that Ellen wasn’t as nice as her happy-go-lucky and charming television persona made her out to be.

It really took the world by storm…

Soon, he was joined by many others who admitted that Ellen who everyone thought she was…

Most recently it was Australian entertainment reporter Richard Reid who had spoken out about his experiences with the famous ‘Dory’ voice actor way back in 1998.

He said in his news.com.au article, that he was to interview her then girlfriend Anne Heche about her new movie. After arriving to the interview and feeling overdressed he haphazardly said to Heche (who was in a simple summer dress) “is that what you’re wearing?”
“No sooner had the words come out my mouth, Ellen comes charging around the corner, her eyes shooting daggers and lightning bolts right at me. ‘You can’t talk to my girlfriend that way. She can wear whatever she wants. Why do you even care what she’s wearing?’ The jolt of her rage left both Anne and I gobsmacked into momentary silence,” he wrote.

It’s clear that the last year of allegations have well and truly taken their toll on the infamous host.

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Here’s the full story…

For years now, rumors about Ellen DeGeneres’ true personality have been rife.

Though the television host has always appeared to have a warm and bubbly demeanor, her off-screen character is apparently a little less favorable.

Various stories that detail Ellen’s “true character” have been circulating online in more recent times…

Though she has built her on-screen persona around being outspoken against injustice and generous to the needy, many people have claimed that, in real life, she is quite the opposite.

Which is certainly a far cry from the relatable and humble TV host we all know and love… Or we thought we knew and loved.

Which, in itself, many believe should be a hint at her true personality and values.

Cracks have certainly begun to show, and rumors of the somewhat nastier personality behind the famous smiling blonde-haired, blue-eyed face have been intensifying.

Ellen’s so-called mask has slowly been slipping…

Just take Dakota Johnson’s painful appearance on The Ellen Show, for example, where the host rather childishly accused the actress of not inviting her to her Malibu birthday bash.

Dakota had in fact invited Ellen.

And when she challenged this, you could just see the panic in her eyes after being caught out. It makes for a cringe-worthy watch.

And, for many years now, a number of different former employees have been attempting to “expose” Ellen for who she truly is.

Exposing the rich and the famous will never get old…

And this has certainly been no exception.

Twitter user, Kevin T. Porter, took to the social media platform last year with the task of exposing the famous Ellen DeGeneres.

And vowed to donate $2 per awful Ellen story to the LA foodbank.

It’s a win-win, especially with the high volume of responses that he received.

Who could forget about the time she bullied Mariah Carey into admitting she was pregnant on The Ellen Show?

Okay, we all remember this one.
In an episode that made us all want to claw our eyes out, an uncomfortable Mariah Carey was quizzed by Ellen on whether or not she was pregnant. And, when the singer wouldn’t give an answer, Ellen wheeled out a bucket of champagne and pretty much forced a glass into her hand, stating:
“Let’s toast to you not being pregnant if you’re not pregnant.”
Not your finest hour, Ellen.

She has a “sensitive nose,” apparently.

And this highly sensitive nose apparently means that people working around her have to take extra care with their smell… Including chewing gum from a bowl outside her office before speaking to her.
Some members of staff have apparently even been asked to go home and shower. Now that’s just rude.

Okay, so the credibility behind these stories are a little questionable…

Because there were literally hundreds of them.
But why would so many people come out to make up stories about one person? Food for thought.

But regardless of all the bad press, Ellen continued her daily talk show from the comfort of her own home during the pandemic which also ruffled a few feathers.

Her crew were reportedly “furious” due to the lack of communication regarding their pay.
The main stage crew, comprised of roughly thirty people, were allegedly kept in the dark about issues like pay and working hours for over a month. They then reportedly found out Ellen hired an alternative tech company to help her broadcast daily from her home in California, meaning original crew members with the same skill set were suddenly out of work.

Crew members then reportedly found out they should expect a whopping sixty percent pay decrease.

While the show continued to air and bring in millions of dollars.

So many allegations of misconduct in the workplace have arisen over the past year…

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The majority of which have sadly been brushed under the carpet and not dealt with properly.

Ellen insisted that the allegations of workplace misconduct had nothing to do with her decision to call it quits…

But former employees who agreed to speak about the situation, without their names being used for fear of repercussions in the entertainment industry, told BuzzFeed News stories on allegations of behind-the-scenes sexual misconduct, racism, and intimidation took their toll on ratings and the desire to soldier on through the controversy.

“I think that she only came back to this past season because she probably had to [in order] to save face,” one former employee said.

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“The show took a tank. The ratings tanked for a lot of reasons – we had a pandemic – but they also tanked because she’s unlikeable now and it definitely permeated the culture of how people feel about Ellen.”

They continued:

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“If the ratings were still phenomenal, if her ratings were wonderful and none of this stuff came out about the show, why wouldn’t she sign on for another 5 years like Oprah and do twenty-five years? If none of this came out, she’d still be going strong, laughing all the way to the bank, and getting that daily applause.”

Now on the heels on announcing she will be finishing her talkshow, she has bought back her Montecito, California, ranch for $14.3 million.

DeGeneres, 63, and Portia de Rossi initially purchased the property back in 2017 for $7.2 million. Dubbed the Rancho San Leandro, the pair flipped it and sold it in 2018 for $11 million.

It seems like they’re clicking their heels together and going home…

Property records show the sale took place on April 23rd. Situated on nearly six acres, the compound spans over 6,700 square feet, boasting four bedrooms and six bathrooms.

The home is situated with neighbours Oprah Winfrey, Meghan and Harry and actor Rob Lowe.

Located within a guarded community and approached through a long driveway lined with dozens of ancient olive trees, the estate is comprised of several buildings, including a 3,100-square-foot, single-story hacienda built back in the 1850s and carefully preserved for more than 170 years.

Features include an expansive master suite, a gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, a subterranean wine cellar and a game room.

Other features of the house include an outdoor entertainment terrace with a fireplace, dining areas, and an adjacent formal library and fitness room. However, the most decadent feature has to be the large horse stable with four stalls, a riding rink, large barn, and a tack room that overlooks a fenced dressage arena and paddocks.

They sold their Tudor-style Beverly Hills home for exactly $45 million, however now the pair have focused their time investing in the Montecito area.

Last September, they paid a whopping $49 million for a palatial Montecito estate they purchased in an off-market deal. The month prior, they had just sold off another Montecito compound, known as Salt Hill for a staggering $33.1 million.
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