Portia de Rossi was reportedly rushed to the hospital for emergency appendicitis surgery

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Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres are married. Steve Granitz/Getty Images
  • Portia de Rossi underwent emergency appendicitis surgery on Friday, People and Page Six confirmed.

  • The outlets reported that Ellen DeGeneres took her wife to the hospital because she was in pain.

  • De Rossi is now recovering at home and "feeling much better," DeGeneres said on Tuesday.

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Portia de Rossi is recovering from emergency appendicitis surgery on Friday, multiple outlets have confirmed.

People was the first to report the news on Monday, citing an anonymous source that said the 48-year-old actress is currently recovering at home and "doing well."

Her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, is "taking care of her," a source told People. "It was a scare at first, but all good now."

The outlet also reported that DeGeneres, 63, "rushed" her to the hospital on Friday night.

"She was in a lot of pain," a source told People, adding, "It was appendicitis and she had surgery."

Appendicitis is a disease brought on by a blockage or inflammation in the appendix organ. If left untreated, it can cause a person's appendix to burst and be life-threatening.

Representatives for de Rossi did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Portia de Rossi is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and model. Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

DeGeneres gave an update on de Rossi's health on Tuesday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

She told the audience that she found her wife "on the floor, on all fours" around 8 p.m. on Friday, explaining that de Rossi was in "so much pain." The comedian said she drove de Rossi to the hospital, where she was told she couldn't stay with her wife due to COVID-19 regulations.

"That's upsetting to me. They send me home and I'm crying, because someone was chopping onions at the nurse's station," she joked.

The next day, de Rossi underwent an appendectomy and sent DeGeneres updates via text, the talk-show host said. DeGeneres added that her wife is now at home feeling "much better."

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Ellen DeGeneres, right, and wife Portia de Rossi at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2020. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

De Rossi's diagnosis with appendicitis comes several months after DeGeneres revealed she tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in December.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" halted production until January to avoid further spreading the virus, and the talk-show host told fans she was following "all proper CDC guidelines."

By mid-December, DeGeneres shared a video of herself playing Connect Four with her wife, updating her followers that said she felt like she was back to "100%."

While de Rossi was close to the host in the video, DeGeneres said that she physically distanced from her after testing positive for the novel coronavirus on a January episode of her show.

"I had to quarantine, and Portia made me sleep in a different room on a different bed because she wanted the race car bed all to herself," the comedian said.

De Rossi, who married DeGeneres in 2008 after California legalized gay marriage, also stood by her wife's side after "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" employees accused her of fostering a toxic workplace culture in 2020.

DeGeneres apologized in July for the issues raised in a letter to staffers, which The Hollywood Reporter obtained. However, as Insider's Libby Torres pointed out, the host didn't address any of the allegations about her personal actions toward others.

In August, de Rossi vocalized her support for her wife on social media by posting an image that said, "I stand by Ellen."

"To all our fans....we see you. Thank you for your support," she wrote.

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