In an interview with The New York Times, published Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres reveals she wavered before extending her contract through the summer of 2020. She goes back and forth on the subject, consulting her brother, another comic, and wife Portia De Rossi along the way.
A 32-time Emmy Award winner, DeGeneres says de Rossi is in favor of her leaving the daytime talk show, while her brother believes television audiences needs her daily dose of positivity. “She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres says of her wife, whom she married in 2008.
De Rossi counters, “I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity. There are other things she could tackle.” No matter what happens, de Rossi explains, “I don’t see the end of her show as her career ending.”
DeGeneres says she would love to do another movie and play “someone unappealing” for once. Regarding rumors she’s nasty to staff members off camera, DeGeneres bristles. “That bugs me if someone is saying that because it’s an outright lie. The first day I said: ‘The one thing I want is everyone here to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don’t work here,’” the host explains. “No one is going to raise their voice or not be grateful. That’s the rule to this day.”
Of course, it’s possible DeGeneres is just misunderstood. “She’s just a bit more complicated than she appears on the show,” de Rossi tells the newspaper. “There’s more range of emotion.”
The 37-year-old tennis pro has been longtime pals with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. During Markle’s Royal Tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga in October, she wore a blazer from Williams’ clothing collection, which took Williams by surprise.
“We were all just coming out of a photoshoot for the brand when we heard that Meghan wore our line,” she told Marie Claire. “We had sent stuff to her a while ago, so we were excited to see it. I’ve known her for years, and it’s cool to see your friend help you out without even trying.”
The Duchess had just announced her first pregnancy days before rocking the look, and all eyes were on her. It was a key time to through her friend a fashion credit.
Mark Wahlberg wakes up at 3a, prays, eats, works out, rinse and repeat. Jennifer Garner sleeps a little later than him, wakes up at 5:30a to make her three kids breakfast before they go to school.
Given the choice between the two actors, I want to be the kids who sleep in!