In July 2020, the host became embroiled in scandal when several ex-employees came forward anonymously to accuse producers of fostering a "toxic work environment."
Two months later, the comedian addressed the accusations head-on on the season 18 premiere of her eponymous daytime series.
"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation," she said in September. "I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected."
"We have made the necessary changes," she later added, "and today we are starting a new chapter."
Speaking to People in a joint interview with Portia, Ellen explained how she leaned on her wife of 12 years for support.
"It broke my heart. I couldn't have gone through everything I went through without her," the 63-year-old star shared. "It was a horrible time in my life, and she was a rock. She kept me going and tried to help me put things in perspective."
The Scandal star wasn't just supportive of Ellen behind closed doors. The 48-year-old actress came to her wife's defense on Instagram on Aug. 3, writing, "To all our fans....we see you. Thank you for your support. #stopbotattacks."
Speaking to People, Portia described her special connection with the Finding Nemo star, saying, "We've grown together as a couple, and we really consider each other and put our relationship first."
"By doing that," Ellen added, "you become a lot more solid. I can't imagine spending time with anyone but her. We think the same things, say the same things at the same time, finish each other's sandwiches—no, sentences. We're in a rhythm that's easy."
When pointing out the things she loves about Portia, Ellen couldn't help but gush, "To start superficially, I love the way she looks. I love her brain; she's smart."
"That's really important," she continued, "She's strong. She's confident. She's really funny. And she's a good dresser and a good dancer. She's learning to cook."
Portia raved just as much, sharing, "Wow, how do I top that? She is the kindest, most generous, most loving, loyal, trustworthy person I have ever known. She's a very special human being. Some of it sometimes rubs off on me."
As the Finding Dory actress put it, "We're lucky to have each other. We practice a lot of gratitude."