Ellen: In­side Her Melt­down

With her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life a mess, Ellen De­generes strug­gles to keep it to­gether

In Touch (USA) - - Crisis News -

It should have been the best sum­mer of her life. Ellen De­generes cel­e­brated the re­lease — and suc­cess — of her crit­i­cally ac­claimed film Find­ing Dory. She added a whop­ping $9.9 mil­lion to her bank ac­count with the sale of her Hol­ly­wood Hills ranch. And she and wife Por­tia de Rossi, 43, cel­e­brated their eighth wed­ding an­niver­sary, mark­ing the day with a touch­ing Twit­ter post. “Ellen should be on top of the world right now,” says a source. “Her life seems ab­so­lutely per­fect.”

But it’s far from it. “These last few months have been aw­ful for Ellen. She’s mis­er­able and up­set about her ca­reer and her home life,” an in­sider ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “Not only have de­ci­sions been made about her show with­out her con­sent, but she and Por­tia have been fight­ing non­stop.” It has pushed the day­time talk show host, 58, to the edge. “In pub­lic she tries to bury the pain and put on a happy face,” adds the source, “but in pri­vate she’s an ab­so­lute mess. Ellen is hav­ing a ful­lon melt­down.”

And it’s only go­ing to get worse. “Ellen no lon- ger has the verve or the spirit for her af­ter­noon talk pro­gram,” the source says. (Sea­son 14 of The Ellen De­generes Show kicks off on Sept. 6.) There are other projects she wants to pur­sue. “She des­per­ately wants this to be the fi­nal sea­son [of her show]. She dreads the idea of a sea­son 14, let alone 15. But the show was re­newed through 2020, so she’s trapped.”

The fact that she’s at war with her crew only makes things worse. Ellen’s not happy with some changes that pro­duc­ers sug­gested — a few new skits and com­edy rou­tines, says the in­sider. Her re­ac­tion? “She got an­gry, raised her voice and stormed off to her dress­ing room. Pro- duc­ers chased her down, but Ellen just reamed them out. When she’s mis­er­able, she makes sure ev­ery­one around her is, too.”

In­clud­ing Por­tia. “She and Ellen have been fight­ing all sum­mer, not only about the idea of start­ing a fam­ily but Por­tia’s ca­reer,” says the in­sider, ex­plain­ing that jeal­ous Ellen hates when Por­tia goes on au­di­tions — and, adds the source, ab­so­lutely de­spises her role on ABC’S Scan­dal. “Ellen has all the money in the world and wants Por- tia to stop work­ing so they can travel and spend more time to­gether,” says the in­sider. “They just aren’t on the same long-term path. It’s a con­stant bat­tle.”

A bat­tle that irks Ellen to no end. “She used to say she was the most for­tu­nate per­son in the world, do­ing a job that she loves with a woman she loves. But all that has changed,” says the source. “She’s tired and in such a dark, emo­tional state.” ◼

SHE SNAPPED! FILLED WITH RAGE “Ellen is a mas­ter at keep­ing her emo­tions hid­den,” says an in­sider.

TROU­BLED MAR­RIAGE “Por­tia and Ellen love each other, but their re­la­tion­ship just isn’t healthy. All they do is fight,” says the in­sider.

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