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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi Hunting for New Home

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are in the market for a new house.

A real estate source tells E! Online that even though the couple purchased their current Beverly Hills home just last year for $17.4 million, they’re already looking for a new place.

It’s not the house itself that’s giving the couple problems. They apparently can’t deal with the constant stream of tourists that pass by the house. The source tells E!, "The tour buses are killing them. There is one on their street every couple of minutes."

Ellen and Portia own three homes in the Los Angeles area. Their home in Hidden Valley, California, was recently featured in Elle Home Décor and is currently on the market for $14.5 million. The talk show host told the magazine she often finds herself growing tired of her homes.

"I can only change the furniture so much and I get bored…then I need a new structure to work on," DeGeneres said.

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No Children for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Portia de Rossi says she and wife, talk-show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, have decided not to have children.

“There comes some pressure in your mid-30s and you think, ‘Am I going to have kids so I don’t miss out on something that other people really seem to love? Or is that I really genuinely want to do this with my whole heart?’ De Rossi said in an interview in the May issue of Out Magazine. I didn’t feel my response was ‘yes’ to the latter.”

She said the decision was mutual for both her and DeGeneres.

“You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did,” De Rossi said. “So it’s just going to be me and Ellen and no babies.”

She described her relationship with DeGeneres as drama free. The couple have been married for almost five years.

“Married life is blissful, it really is. I’ve never been happier than I am right now,” De Rossi said.

De Rossi is now working on her return as Lindsay Bluth Funke to Arrested Development for its fourth season. The show premieres on NetFlix on May 26.

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Poll: Ellen DeGeneres Named America's Favorite TV Personality

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(NEW YORK) -- Daytime's most popular talk show host is also the country's most beloved TV star, according to a new poll.

Ellen DeGeneres was named America's favorite TV personality for 2012 in a new poll by Harris Interactive.  She ranked second in the 2011 edition of the poll.

NCIS star Mark Harmon fell from the top spot to second place.  The Daily Show host Jon Stewart rounds out the top three.

More than 2,000 adults were surveyed between Dec. 12 and 18 for the poll.

Denzel Washington was voted America's favorite movie star in a similar Harris Poll, the results of which were announced earlier this week.

Here are the top TV personalities in the latest poll:

1. Ellen DeGeneres
2. Mark Harmon
3. Jon Stewart
4. Jay Leno
5. Jim Parsons
6. Bill O'Reilly
7. Anderson Cooper
8. Oprah Winfrey
9. David Letterman
10. Tom Selleck

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Ellen DeGeneres Receives Mark Twain Prize

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(WASHINGTON) -- Ellen DeGeneres' career was celebrated Monday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  The award is presented to artists who have made a significant contribution to the world of American comedy.

On the same night the final presidential debate was held, DeGeneres made a reference to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's remark during the first debate that he would cut funding for PBS.

DeGeneres joked, "Thank you, PBS.  I'm so glad to be part of your final season."

PBS will air Ellen DeGeneres: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize on Oct. 30.

DeGeneres was honored by celebrity peers including Jane Lynch and Sean Hayes, who both applauded her for coming out of the closet 15 years ago, and Jimmy Kimmel, who quipped, "Thanks to Ellen, vests aren't just for magicians anymore."

The 54-year-old DeGeneres rose to fame as a stand-up comedienne.  After starring in two sitcoms, she launched her popular daytime talk show.  The Ellen DeGeneres Show is now in its 10th season.

Previous recipients of the Mark Twain Prize include Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell.

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Celebrities Urge You to "Vote for Stuff"


(LOS ANGELES) -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Ellen DeGeneres and several other stars have banded together to send out a message this election season: "Vote 4 Stuff."

They appear in a new public service announcement for the non-partisan campaign Vote 4 Stuff, urging people to head to the polls on Election Day, November 6. The clip, which is now available on YouTube, also features Jonah Hill, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron, Edward Norton, Selena Gomez, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman andBenicio Del Toro.

The video begins with the celebrities asking the question, "If you could vote for anything in the world...what would it be?" They initially provide humorous suggestions -- Hill deadpans, "Dogs would pick up my poop with a plastic bag. See how they like it."

Eventually they get serious and mention real issues, like employment, education and taxes.

The stars ask viewers to submit tweets, photos and videos to Vote 4 Stuff's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages regarding the issues that are important to them. The entries will be incorporated into the campaign.

DiCaprio's production company is a producer of Vote 4 Stuff.

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Ellen DeGeneres Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Less than a week before she begins the 10th season of her daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It is the 2,477th star on the famed sidewalk.

Calling her life "an interesting journey," DeGeneres recalled how she visited the Walk of Fame with her family as a child.

She joked, "We looked at the stars on the sidewalk here on Hollywood Boulevard, and we took the tour of celebrity homes.  And now today I'm getting a star on the Walk of Fame and I am a stop on the tour of celebrity homes.  So...don't come by."

DeGeneres' pal, Jimmy Kimmel, offered some kind words on her behalf. 

He admired the way she treats "unenlightened people" who attack her because she's gay, saying she "engages them, she asks for understanding, she explains that she just wants to be treated the way she treats people, with kindness and respect."

DeGeneres' mom, her wife Portia de Rossi, and Ryan Seacrest also attended the ceremony.

The new season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show premieres next Monday.

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Ellen DeGeneres Reflects on Coming-Out Episode, 15 Years Later

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(NEW YORK) -- Ellen DeGeneres is a powerhouse name these days, associated with a successful talk show, awards shows and talent competitions as well as a serious love for dancing -- something she's even shared with President Obama.

But 15 years ago, on ABC's "20/20" in April 1997, days before the airing of the episode in which she announced that she was gay, the funny, kind, brave and huge star of her own show shared her fears of coming out.

"If they found out I was gay, maybe they wouldn't applaud," she said. "Maybe they wouldn't laugh. Maybe they wouldn't like me if they knew that I was gay."

During that April 30, 1997 episode of "The Ellen Show" -- called "The Puppy Episode" -- DeGeneres sat across from her psychiatrist, played by Oprah Winfrey.

"It's not like I'm looking for perfection," DeGeneres' character said. "I just want to find somebody special, somebody that I click with."

"Has there ever been anyone you felt you clicked with?" Winfrey's character asked. "What was his name?"

"Susan," she replied. Laughter and applause followed.

Advertisers such as JCPenney and Chrysler, though, decided not to buy airtime during the episode. Wendy's decided not to advertise on "The Ellen Show" at all.

A lot has changed since the day that show first aired.

JCPenney has tapped DeGeneres as its spokeswoman and supported its decision even when One Million Moms, a "pro-family advocacy" group, threatened to boycott the national retail chain for refusing to fire her.

In 1996, a Gallup poll showed that the public approval rating for gay marriage was 27 percent. It is more than 50 percent today.

And there are now 34 shows featuring gay characters in leading and supporting roles -- not including reality TV -- compared to only 11 shows in 1997.

In the "20/20" interview, DeGeneres said she was willing to risk people knowing.

"I decided this was not going to be something that I was going to live the rest of my life being ashamed of," she said.

She said she came out on the show for the teenagers who contemplate suicide when they realize they're gay -- and for the young, confused girl she once was.

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Justin Bieber’s Birthday: Turns 18 with Ellen DeGeneres and a $100K Car

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Pop sensation Justin Bieber turned 18 Thursday, and he celebrated his big day with a very special appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Bieber is a frequent guest on the show and DeGeneres is a gushing supporter of his. While being interviewed for Thursday’s show, DeGeneres told him that his manager, Scooter Braun, had a special gift he wanted to give him on the show.

“You work really, really hard and I always yell at you, ‘Don’t get anything flashy. We’re not about that. Be humble.’ And I kind of broke my own rule,” Bruan said.

Braun talked about the importance of being environmentally friendly on and off the road, as well as Bieber’s love of cars.

“We decided to get you a car that would make you stand out a little on the road, and I think you know where I’m going and you’re freaking out a little bit right now. It’s a Fisker Karma,” Braun said as the shiny black car appeared on the set. Braun said the car was a gift from him and Bieber’s mentor, Usher.

The all-new 2012 Fisker Karma is the first luxury all-electric car, valued at more than $100,000.

When a shocked Bieber saw the car, his eyes widened and he kept repeating, “That’s for me? That’s for me? That’s crazy.”

Few people have the elite car. Other owners include Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore and Colin Powell. It is also the car that Ashton Kutcher’s character drives on Two and a Half Men.

Braun talked about Bieber’s good qualities, including his dedication to charity and acts of kindness “for the right reasons.” Braun said that Bieber performed 86 shows on his North American tour and met with a Make-a-Wish child at every show. His only request when he did that? No cameras.

Bieber also announced on the show that his new single, "Boyfriend," will be released on March 26.

The teen heartthrob has packed a lot into his 18 years, becoming a worldwide music icon and creating a media and product empire.

He has won dozens of music awards, performed for President Obama several times and released four records. He is the first solo artist ever to score three number one albums before his 18th birthday.

And if that wasn’t enough, Bieber’s 2011 3-D concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never became the highest-grossing music concert film since 1984.  He’s has also made acting appearances on CSI, guest starred on Saturday Night Live, popped up in the opening montage of the Academy Awards last weekend, and proved his comedic skills on

Discovered five years ago through homemade YouTube videos, he’s racked up 17.8 million Twitter followers and 40.8 million “likes” on Facebook.  In July 2010, his video for “Baby” became the most-viewed video in YouTube history, and as of February 2012, it had more than 700 million views.  His official YouTube channel has had 2.3 billion views.

He also has a fragrance, a line of Hallmark greeting cards, trading cards, books, dolls and a singing electric toothbrush.

Despite all that success, Bieber has so far managed to avoid any true personal scandals. There have been no DUIs or drug busts, he has a great relationship with his parents and his family, his relationship with Selena Gomez appears to be solid, and the paternity lawsuit he was hit with last year is widely believed to be a fabrication on the part of the woman who filed it.

Speaking to V magazine earlier this year, Justin talked about how growing up might affect his music.  “People need to know I’m not a kid anymore,” he said.  “But at the end of the day, I’m not completely grown-up.  I’m still learning...I’m never going to make myself so the kids and the parents don’t respect me....I don’t want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing.”

He added, “I’ve got a lot of work to do…I don’t want people to just think of me as a teen sensation…I want to transition, and become the greatest.”

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Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez Play Nice on 'Ellen'

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- While Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are no longer husband and wife, they're still partners on their Spanish language talent show ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen.  And for the most part, all seems rosy -- unless, of course, Lopez happens to be slapping her ex on camera, People reports.

Ellen DeGeneres recently interviewed the former couple, which airs Monday, where Lopez said tensions between the couple are often played up for the show -- including an un-aired scene where she smacks Anthony in the face during a disagreement.

"They put a sound effect in there," Lopez tells Ellen.  "It sounds like I'm slapping him hard.

Anthony disagreed, saying, "She can't help herself.  Trust me, it hurt."

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Ellen DeGeneres Responds to Group's Criticism of JCPenney Deal

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres is happy that California's same-sex marriage ban was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court on Tuesday, but she's less than thrilled with a conservative group that is protesting her new partnership with JCPenney because she's gay.

In an episode of her daytime talk show airing Wednesday, DeGeneres says the court's decision on Proposition 8 is a, "step in the right direction." She then brings up the group One Million Moms and its criticism of her JCPenney deal. She says, "I'd like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators."

DeGeneres says of the group, which recently claimed that JCPenney will lose sales because it hired the openly-gay comedienne as its brand ambassador, "They wanted to get me fired, and I'm proud and happy to say that JCPenney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson. Which is great news for me because I also need some new crew socks. I'm really going to clean up with this discount."

Reading from a statement in which One Million Moms accused JCPenney of jumping on the "pro-gay bandwagon," DeGeneres says, "Being gay or pro-gay isn't a bandwagon. You don't get a free ride anywhere. There's no music. And occasionally we'll sing 'We Are Family,' but that's about it."

DeGeneres then disputes the notion that JCPenney is losing customers because of the hire, pointing to supportive comments written by people on One Million Moms' Facebook page.

She says, "I usually don't talk about stuff like this on my show but I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me....Here are the values I stand for: I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you'd want to be treated and helping those in need."

A preview clip of DeGeneres' comments has been posted on E! Online.

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