Ellen DeGeneres’ “career break” will begin with a luxury vacation to Africa.
The final episode of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ airs later this week, and Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi are now 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 newspaper: “Just after the show’s finale aired, she, Portia and her closest friends, including her brother, Vance DeGeneres and his wife, are heading to Rwanda for the opening of its gorilla campus.”
Ellen – who began hosting the talk show in 2003 – is set to open the Ellen DeGeneres campus of the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund.
Conserving gorillas is a passion project for the TV star, and at the moment she doesn’t have a “defined” career plan in place.
The insider added, “She’s going to take some much needed time off and take a break.”
In April, Ellen took to Twitter to confirm that she had already filmed her latest episode of her long-running talk show.
The host – who married Portia in 2008 – wrote on the microblogging platform at the time: “Today we taped the final episode of The Ellen Show which airs May 26th.
“When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist. Social media didn’t exist. Same-sex marriage wasn’t legal. We’ve seen the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
“But no matter what, my goal was always for the show to be a place where we could all come together and laugh for an hour. To be a guest in your lives has been the greatest privilege of my life and has given me an incredible joy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (sic)”