“And that includes being gay and being very open about it and having had some struggles in the past.” At the time of their meeting, de Rossi admits that she weighed 168-pounds and was extremely self-conscious. Yeah, it was great.” STORY: Portia de Rossi Shocked by First ' Arrested Development' Script As for what De Generes remembers, the comedian jokes, “I mean, that’s the first thing I thought.
De Rossi is also a frequent audience member at the tapings of De Generes’s talk show, and De Generes has begun to mention her relationship with de Rossi in interviews, as she did as a February 5th call-in on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show — although like de Rossi, she says very little about the relationship beyond acknowledging its existence.As Tammy Lynn Michaelsquickly discovered when she and Melissa Etheridge became involved, you can’t start dating one of America’s Lesbian Sweethearts and expect to stay closeted — something de Rossi surely knew when she began dating De Generes.De Rossi appears to have adapted to the new scrutiny by combining her characteristic guardedness with select moments of openness, still refusing to say much about her sexuality on the record — telling magazine “As much as I’d like to tell you about my private life, if I did, it wouldn’t be private” — but saying a little more now than she used to, and openly attending high-profile events with De Generes (something she almost never did with Gregorini).Some of De Generes’ trademarks include dancing with the audience at the start of the show and during commercial breaks, as well as giving out big prizes and trips to her studio audience.In December 2017, De Generes returned to primetime TV with a NBC game show called “Ellen’s Game of Games,” which features contestants competing in a variety of outlandish games, some of which were originally played on her talk show.(Photo by Kevin Winter/DE/Getty Images for ATI)HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 22: Ellen De Generes and Portia de Rossi arrive at jewelry designer Neil Lane's debut of his new Bridal Collection with Kay Jewelers at a star-studded Hollywood launch party at Drai's, The W Hollywood Rooftop on July 22, 2010 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Film Magic)BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Portia de Rossi (L) and comedienne Ellen De Generes arrive at the 26th annual GLAAD media awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. "We really don't almost break up, we don't fight, we're madly in love, and I guess it's boring," De Generes told Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show.