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Ellen DeGeneres selling Montecito mansion for $40M after home was robbed in ‘inside job’ during star’s nightmare summer

ELLEN DeGeneres is selling her Santa Barbara home for nearly $40 million after a nightmare summer which included the home being robbed.

The Montecito mansion, in the suburbs of the California town, is on the market less than two years after Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi purchased the home.

The couple's neighbors include Oprah Winfrey, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently moved into the area.

The two bought the Bali-inspired property in January 2019 for $27 million but after extensive expansion and renovation, they are hoping to flip the home for $39.9 million.

The 8,200 square foot main home has views out over the pacific ocean with floor to ceiling glass walls, with four bedrooms and five full bathrooms, and an open-plan living.

The kitchen has black marble countertops and wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

There is a covered porch with outdoor firepit and room for al fresco dining and entertaining guests.

Ellen and Portia added to the property by purchasing a $1.9 million adjacent property, where a 1,400 square foot guest house sits, with cabanas, pickleball courts, more outdoor seating areas and an infinity pool that looks out on the ocean.

The mansion was burglarized on July 4, and cops originally believed their property was "targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status.”

However, the Montecito Association, a local neighborhood association, hinted that the local sheriff told the executive director that the crime was an "inside job" and that the community did not need to worry about more robberies in the area.

The newsletter, emailed on August 12 and obtained by The Sun, 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.

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

Law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that some of the stolen items include high-value jewelry and watches.

A week after the burglary, bombshell accusations were made against the comedian for her "mean" behavior and allowing a "toxic" work environment on the set of her talk show.

Employees also came forward to claim they experienced "racism, fear, and intimidation” while working on the talk show.

The mix of past and present Ellen Show workers also alleged the host’s “be kind” mantra is “bulls**t” and “all for show,” according to Buzzfeed News.

Buzzfeed said some staff claimed to have been fired because they took medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals.

In the weeks since, there have also been accusations of Ellen turning a blind eye to sexual harassment.

She has denied the accusation but on the new season premiere took full responsibility for any incidents on her show.

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