Ellen DeGeneres July Home Robbery Was Reportedly ‘An Inside Job’ 

Ellen DeGeneres July Home Robbery Was Reportedly ‘An Inside Job’

Ellen DeGeneres seems to be having a rough time lately. It’s now being reported that the robbery that took place in her 8,100-square-foot Montecito mansion was possibly an inside job. On July 4th, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi’s home was burglarized. Initially, it was reported that cops involved with the case believed the couple was targeted due to their celebrity status. However, the Montecito Association has now reportedly suggested that the local sheriff feels the robbery was an inside job. A newsletter was sent out to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s neighbors on Augst 12th. It reads,

“If it had been a case of outsiders coming in and breaking and entering, I’d have alerted you to be on the lookout and lock up everything.”

It added,

“According to our very helpful Sheriff Lt Arnoldi, that appears to be an inside job.”

The total value stolen from the couple’s home has yet to be released. However, it was reported that some of the taken items include high-value jewelry and watches. 

Ellen DeGeneres recently made headlines following claims that her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is a toxic work environment. As previously reported, the show is currently under internal investigation by WarnerMedia due to allegations of racism, sexual assault, and bullying made by former employees of the show.  

Several past employees of the show anonymously spoke with BuzzFeed News and detailed unfortunate things that took place while working for Ellen. A black woman who worked there said,

“I was told, ‘Oh wow, you both have box braids; I hope we don’t get you confused.’ [And at a work party, one of the writers said,] ‘I’m sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here.’”

The former DJ for The Ellen Show, Tony Okungbowa, also came forward and spoke about his negative experience on the show. In an Instagram post, he shared, 

“Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.”

Following the initial accusations against her show, Ellen offered an apology to her former employees and said, 

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.”

She continued:

“As we’ve grown exponentially I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again. As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or — worse — disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me.”

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel