Ellen DeGeneres’ Career Break begins with a luxury vacation in Africa.
The final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show will air later this week, and now Ellen and her wife Portia de Rossi are planning to head overseas with some of their close friends as she embarks on the next chapter of her career.
A source told The Sun: “Immediately after the show’s finale aired, she, Portia and her closest friends, including her brother Vance DeGeneres and his wife, are heading to Rwanda to open her gorilla campus.”
Ellen, who started as a talk show host in 2003, is about to open the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Diana Fossey Gorilla Foundation.
Gorilla conservation is the TV star’s passion project, and she doesn’t have any “definite” career plans at the moment.
The insider added: “She’s going to take a much-needed vacation and just relax.”
In April, Ellen took to Twitter to confirm that she had already filmed her final episode of her long-running talk show.
The host, who married Portia in 2008, wrote on a microblog at the time, “Today we recorded the last episode of The Ellen Show, which will air on May 26th.
“When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist yet. Social networks did not exist. Same-sex marriages were illegal. We have watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
“But no matter what happens, my goal has always been to make the show a place where we can all get together and laugh for an hour. Being invited into your life has been the greatest privilege of my life and brought me incredible joy. Thank you. you you. Thank you. Thank you. (sic)”