Portia De Rossi Says She Was 'Really Wrong' To Give Ellen This Advice About Her Career

"I am happy to say that I was wrong."

Earlier this month, Ellen DeGeneres announced she will be returning to stand-up for the first time in 15 years, with eight shows in San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle this August. However, it may surprise you to learn that the talk show host's wife, Portia de Rossi, initially advised against the decision.


"I shouldn't say this, but the truth is, I was kind of discouraging her from going back to stand-up. Not because she is not brilliant at it, but she has a job … right?! And it is a full-time job," de Rossi told People, adding that she worried it would be "exhausting" for DeGeneres. "So I was suggesting that she put it on hold until she was done with her talk show, but, my wife is very impatient, and, a little like me, once she has an idea she just can't shake it, and she just has to see it through."

"I am happy to say that I was wrong," de Rossi admitted. "I was really wrong, because it has given her energy, it has invigorated her, and I had actually never seen her on-stage and doing stand-up before, I've seen her specials, but never in the flesh, and she is really good."

De Rossi's dilemma is likely a relatable one for those who may want to support their spouse's passion but worry they will burn themselves out. The Arrested Development star's decision to be honest about her initial concern, and what made her change her mind, is refreshing.

And the support is clearly mutual, as de Rossi recently revealed her choice to give up acting and start an art company called GENERAL PUBLIC. "She was very encouraging because she knew how passionate I am about art," de Rossi told People of DeGeneres' response to her decision. 

De Rossi also recently supported DeGeneres in her love for animals by establishing The Ellen DeGeneres Center for The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund to protect endangered species. De Rossi surprised her wife with the news for her birthday this year.

"I've always said, when we got married, Portia's line was, 'it's good to be loved, it's profound to be understood,' " DeGeneres said when de Rossi revealed the gift. "And she understands me because that is the best gift that anybody could have given me."

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