As a global pandemic, social unrest and polarizing presidential politics dominated the news in 2020, Ellen DeGeneres found herself making the headlines amid it all – and not the funny or charitable genre she was used to. since a long time.
It all started last summer, when current and former employees of the talk show that bears his name described it as a toxic workplace and described DeGeneres as falling short of his motto of “be nice.” ” on the tray.
In a new interview, the host says the scandal broke her heart, and she thanks her 12-year-old wife, Portia de Rossi, for helping her through it all.
“I couldn’t have been through everything I’ve been through without her,” DeGeneres told People magazine.
Publicly, a trio of executive producers broke up with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and the host herself apologized for the alleged culture of racism, fear and intimidation that existed behind the scenes. Privately, DeGeneres struggled more than she hinted at – at least more than she hinted at anyone other than de Rossi.
“It was a horrible time in my life, and she was a rock,” said the 63-year-old. “She kept me going and tried to help put things in perspective.”
But none of this came as a surprise to DeGeneres, because as she told People for the magazine’s first annual love issue, she already knew how amazing his wife was.
“I really like everything about her,” she said in a video portion of the interview. “To start off superficially, I like the way it looks because that’s where it all started. You have to watch someone all the time, so I was already drawn to her. And I love his brain, I love his way of thinking; she’s smart – that’s really important. She’s strong, she’s confident, she’s really funny, she’s a good dresser and a good dancer. … It’s just ridiculous but I love everything about her.
In return, de Rossi, 48, called DeGeneres “the nicest, most generous, loving, loyal and trustworthy person I have ever known.”
“We’re lucky to have each other,” DeGeneres told the publication. “We practice a lot of gratitude.”