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Are Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi "headed toward a split" over the talk-show host renewing her contract for another three years? That's the premise of a story in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop, however, can correct this inaccurate report.

According to the new issue of OK!, the couple is in the midst of a "marriage crisis" after DeGeneres announced she was going to continue hosting her daytime program after having read letters from fans who shared how she "helped" and "inspired" them. And while DeGeneres brought joy to those individuals, the magazine contends de Rossi is personally upset. The one-time actress is feeling "increasingly isolated and alone," asserts the outlet.

The publication further maintains de Rossi and DeGeneres have been "at odds for years" over the talk-show host's long workdays. Its insider says, "Portia hung around because Ellen swore she'd ease up on her workaholic ways." But with DeGeneres going back to the grind through 2022, relates the tipster, "It's testing Portia's limit to the max, and the feeling is she could well walk."

"It wasn't so much the money" that got DeGeneres to re-up her contract, says the source, who adds, "This was ostensibly about keeping her fans happy." As a result, a very unhappy "Portia decided to move out and clear her head for a bit," claims the tipster. And to cover itself for when they publicly express their love for one another (as they frequently do), the outlet's supposed insider offers how DeGeneres is "confident the marriage can survive this and insists she'll make time for Portia by being strict with her work-life balance."

It bears mentioning how DeGeneres, who's been married for more than a decade, would never make a unilateral decision like this without first getting the okay from de Rossi. While it's true her spouse wants her to slow down and possibly express herself creatively in other ways, de Rossi is by no mean leaving DeGeneres over doing what arguably she does best. Lastly, one of Gossip Cop's impeccable DeGeneres sources confirms the tabloid's tale is entirely "false," and that their marriage remains perfectly intact.

There have been many false narratives about the two splitting up. Before it was known she was coming back, OK!'s sister publication, In Touch, wrongly reported DeGeneres and de Rossi were having a "marriage crisis" over her not wanting to quit the talk show. And right before that, Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer when it ran a piece about how DeGeneres and de Rossi's marriage was "crumbling," and they were living separate lives.

Meanwhile, another related outlet swore up and down that it was DeGeneres who had been secretly planning to split from de Rossi for a long time. But it doesn't matter if it's claimed de Rossi is leaving DeGeneres or vice versa. Neither is planning to divorce the other.

Lastly, it's odd the tabloid didn't say anything about a potential custody battle over their child. Just three months ago, the same magazine wrongly alleged DeGeneres and de Rossi were having a baby through IVF and excitedly telling friends, "We're going to be moms!" Much like that phony article and the others noted above, the latest tale about DeGeneres and de Rossi breaking up because the talk show host renewed her contract is also untrue.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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