Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running talk show next year, and now she is announcing another big change. The comedian bought back her Montecito, California, ranch for $14.3 million.
It is an interesting move because she had sold it in 2018 for $11 million after buying it in 2017 for $7.2 million. The Rancho San Leandro property is located in the neighborhood of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle.
DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi take real estate seriously. In April 2021, they sold a Beverly Hills property that used to belong to Adam Levine for $47 million.
The recent business moves are in contradiction with the latest reports that suggest the power couple is thinking about leaving America for a quieter Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne in Australia. The Scandal actress is originally from the Land Down Under.
After the coronavirus pandemic hit, Australia became a popular destination for Hollywood stars because the country was less affected by the global health crisis.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky made the move seven years ago, and they still seem to be enjoying themselves. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher also left Los Angeles for Sydney, Australia last year.
A source has revealed that Australia is important for DeGeneres and her wife’s marriage. The power couple has faced many divorce rumors over the years after getting married in 2008.
An insider told New Idea on Monday: “There really is no choice in the matter. It’s either Australia or bust for Portia and Ellen.” While the report has shocked many, this is not the first time that the couple has thought about moving to Australia.
Four years ago, they contemplated the same move, and they were focusing on a $5.8 million property.
DeGeneres is trying to get back to basics after being labeled a horrible boss in the media. The allegations of a toxic workplace environment have contributed to the end of her program.
Her TV show is ending in 2022, and here is what she had to say about it earlier this month: “Today I’m announcing that next season, season 19, is going to be my last season,’ she told viewers. The past 18 years … has changed my life. You all have changed my life. I am forever grateful to all of you for watching, for laughing, for dancing — sometimes crying. This show has been the greatest experience of my life, and I owe it all to you.”
DeGeneres’s fall from grace has been brutal, and critics are still not ready to move on. Australia may offer a reprieve to the funnywoman and her wife.
Celebrity guests like Van Jones continue to appear on the program as if nothing has changed.