Ellen DeGeneres Buys Back $14.3 Million Mansion After Ending Long-Running Talk Show

by Jennifer Shea

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres apparently had second thoughts about her decision to sell the Montecito, California ranch house she owned from 2017 to 2018 with wife Portia de Rossi.

And, sure enough, after selling the house for $11 million in 2018 (she turned a roughly $2.8 million profit on the sale), DeGeneres recently bought it back for $14.3 million, the New York Post reports.

DeGeneres’s decision follows her announcement that she will be quitting “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” nearly 20 years into the daytime talk show’s run. And that announcement followed months of bad press about the workplace culture of DeGeneres’s show.

Former staffers on DeGeneres’s show had alleged a variety of abuses. Those ranged from firing people for attending funerals to workplace intimidation and discrimination. The show conducted an internal review, after which three executive producers were fired. And DeGeneres issued a public apology. But DeGeneres later said the experience had “destroyed” her.

Ellen DeGeneres Fits in in Montecito

DeGeneres’s reclaimed property, known as Rancho San Leandro, sits next to Oprah Winfrey’s 70-acre estate. And it shares a neighborhood with Rob Lowe, Tyler Perry and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The property is modest by Montecito standards. It takes up nearly six acres of land. The compound itself is composed of multiple buildings spread out over 6,700 square feet. And it boasts four bedrooms and six bathrooms total.

An L-shaped hacienda, dubbed the Adobe House, contains a master suite, a gourmet kitchen, a breakfast room, a subterranean wine cellar and a game room. Across the courtyard, the Monterey House offers three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, dining areas, a formal library and a fitness room.

There is also an outdoor entertainment terrace with a fireplace. And there’s a big horse stable with four stalls, a riding arena, a large barn and a tack room.

DeGeneres Says She Always Planned to Quit After 19 Seasons

The comedienne’s decision to step down had nothing to do with the recent controversy over her show, Ellen DeGeneres insisted to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month.

“I was going to stop after season 16,” DeGeneres said. “That was going to be my last season. And they wanted to sign for four more years and I said I’d sign maybe for one. They were saying there was no way to sign for one. ‘We can’t do that with the affiliates and the stations need more of a commitment.’ So, we [settled] on three more years. And I knew that would be my last. That’s been the plan all along. And everybody kept saying, even when I signed, ‘You know, that’s going to be 19. Don’t you want to just go to 20? It’s a good number.’ So is 19.”

DeGeneres said she needs to be constantly challenged. And as fun as her daytime talk show has been, it had ceased to challenge her. So she’s on to greener pastures. Whether that means more stand-up, a sitcom or movies remains to be seen. But one thing’s for sure: DeGeneres will have some prime real estate in California from which to make her decision.