Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey got emotional Thursday as they discussed the recent mudslides that have devastated their neighborhood of Montecito, California, over the past few days. On the Thursday episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the talk show host FaceTimed Winfrey, who was taking a walk through the mud-covered streets of their shared town. “Everyone was saying to me, ‘How’s your property?’” Winfrey said. “I’m looking out the front window; I think, Everything’s fine, everything’s fine, and it wasn’t until I put my boots on and went outside walking that I realized everything wasn’t indeed fine.”
Winfrey told the studio audience that though her house was thankfully safe because it sits up on a knoll, many of her neighbors’ homes are “gutted” while others are “gone, just gone.”
“It’s devastating,” the Wrinkle in Time actress said. “We’ve lost so many lives and it’s a tiny community and nobody would’ve expected—certainly, I did not—that after we survived the fire and the rain came. Who would’ve expected we have this devastation again with the mudslides, and so soon?” Winfrey has long been a resident of Montecito, at her 65-acre California estate also known as the Promised Land; in February 2016, the media mogul purchased another estate in the area, a $28.9 million, 23-acre property featuring a stable and barn, riding rings, a horse trainer’s house, a two-acre avocado grove, and a koi pond, among other amenities. DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi recently purchased a $7.2 million historic Montecito ranch in December.
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