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Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi’s ‘Santa Barbara estate burgled’


Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi have reportedly had their estate robbed (Pictures: Getty/MLS)

Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi have reportedly been burgled, with thieves targeting their Montecito estate.

The couple are thought to have been ‘targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status,’ with the burglary taking place on 4 July.

According to TMZ, police believe that stolen items include high-value jewelry and watches, and it’s unclear whether the pair were at home at the time of the incident.

Metro.co.uk has contacted the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department for comment.

It comes following a tough few weeks for Ellen, after her dog Wolf died, with the talk show host paying tribute to the pup earlier this month.

Ellen, 62, posted a snap of herself and Portia, 47, planting a kiss on their pooch on their 2008 wedding day.

She wrote: ‘Last night we had to say goodbye to our dog Wolf. He brought us so much love and joy. I hope we did the same for him.’

The pair have had a tough few weeks (Picture: Getty Images for Netflix)

Meanwhile, The Ellen Show has recently faced allegations of racism and intimidation.

An insider told BuzzFeed News: ‘They feel that everybody who works at The Ellen Show is lucky to work there — “So if you have a problem, you should leave because we’ll hire someone else because everybody wants to work here.”’

While the employees stressed their accusations were against The Ellen Show and not the host herself, they did urge the star to take more responsibility on the set.

‘If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,’ one of the staff members said. 

The Ellen Show has recently faced allegations (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I think the executive producers surround her and tell her, “Things are going great, everybody’s happy,” and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go beyond that.

The Ellen Show’s executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner said the were ‘heartbroken’ by the claims.  They released a joint statement, which read: ‘Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment.

‘We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us.’

‘For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us,’ they continued. 

‘We take all of this very seriously and we realise, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.’ 

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