***UPDATE***

Sources have told TMZ that DeGeneres and de Rossi were inside their Montecito, California mansion when it was broken into. It’s unclear if they had any contact with the thief or thieves, who made off with jewelry. The point of entry by the burglar was a back door, and DeGeneres has reportedly already taken steps to ensure that this never happens again by beefing up her security.

A source said that these security improvements include “hiring a new security company, installing laser sensors and cameras around the entire property” as well as “hiring armed patrol guards.”

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release on Thursday that the robbery occurred on July 4.

“The residence appears to have been targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status,” the release stated. “The exact description of the items that were taken is not available for release, but they are described as high-value jewelry and watches.”

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Authorities added that an “extensive and ongoing” investigation is being conducted by “sheriff’s detectives and forensics technicians.” The release went on to say that the “Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is in contact with other law enforcement agencies to determine” if the incident is “related to additional recent celebrity home burglaries.”

Over the past few weeks, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been hit with crushing blow after crushing blow. Her alleged rude behavior behind the scenes has been called out by multiple sources, and her dog even passed away. Just when it seemed like things could not get any worse for DeGeneres, it’s been reported that her mansion in Montecito, California has been burglarized.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office revealed in a press release yesterday that DeGeneres’ home that she shares with her actress wife Portia de Rossi was robbed on July 4.

“The residence appears to have been targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status,” the press release stated. “The exact description of the items that were taken is not available for release, but they are described as high-value jewelry and watches.”

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The police department added that an “extensive and ongoing” investigation is being conducted by “sheriff’s detectives and forensics technicians.” They went on to say that “the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is in contact with other law enforcement agencies to determine” if the incident is “related to additional recent celebrity home burglaries.”

This comes days after a BuzzFeed News report came out in which ten people who previously worked on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as well as one current employee claimed that the behind-the-scenes atmosphere on the program is rampant with “racism, fear and intimidation.”

One ex-staffer claimed that she was told by a show writer that they “only know the names of the white people who work here.” Another former employee alleged that they were told to take down a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for medical costs not covered by the show’s health insurance because it reflected poorly on “Ellen’s brand.”

Those who came forward urged DeGeneres to “take more responsibility” about what happens on the show’s 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 former employee said. “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.”

 

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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