Host Ellen DeGeneres sparked a wave of backlash after comparing self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison.
Per Velvet Ropes, Ellen and her wife purchased a gorgeous Balinese-style California home in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara in January of this 2019.
This was her first real estate purchase of 2019 and we’re pretty sure it won’t be her last given her extensive history of house flipping.
The 8,188-square-foot home was purchased for $27 million and sits on an 8.24-acre lot. It has 5 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and includes features such as a cabana which doubles as a gym and a basalt pebble infinity pool that overlooks the ocean.
The home also comes with a two-bedroom guest house.
The pair previously owned another 6-bedroom home in the area (apparently Montecito is where it’s at!) but sold it to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos to the tune of $34 million.
Yahoo reports Ellen DeGeneres compared self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison, and Twitter users were quick to call out the talk show host for what they felt was an insensitive remark.
During her show on Monday, DeGeneres revealed that she was now filming from the comfort of her home that she shares with wife Portia de Rossi. After thanking first responders, emergency workers, doctors, nurses, and other essential pandemic workers, DeGeneres pivoted to talking about her experience self-isolating with de Rossi and their dog (around the two-minute mark).
“One thing I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what this is,” DeGeneres said, adding, “It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days, and everyone in here is gay.”
DeGeneres seemed amused by her comparison, smiling and remarking, “The jokes that I have.”
After DeGeneres shared the clip on Twitter, users were quick to call out the host for her remarks about prisons, especially during a time when prison inmates are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Some pointed out that inmates in prisons were far more likely to die from the coronavirus than other citizens — especially wealthy ones like DeGeneres.