Ellen DeGeneres tried — again — to put to rest the recurring rumors that she and companion Portia De Rossi are thinking about starting a family.
Which means: Having kids — through surrogacy, a sperm donor, adoption or any other method available to them.
But on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night, Ellen was adamant: It’s not going to happen.
“I heard you and Portia are having a baby,” Jay Leno asked her, when she came on “The Tonight Show” to promote next Monday’s premiere of her afternoon talk show — “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — for its 10th season.
“I am here for your sperm!” Ellen answered.
Turning serious, she said, “That is not true. I don’t know why people want this. I’ve said it so many times. We’re not going to have a child and [tabloids and magazines report] that we’re looking for the right donor.”
“I mean, how many kids don’t you want to have?” Leno asked.
“I don’t want to have one. I don’t want to have six. I don’t want to have any!” said Ellen, 54 (De Rossi is 39).
“They’re precious to look at,” she conceded. “I love them. We have nieces and I love them very much [but] I don’t want ‘em!”
As for the 10th-season debut of her popular daytime show, Ellen didn’t have much to say about that, joking that she had to save all of her personal anecdotes for her own show.
“What have you been up to?” Leno asked her, after they’d discussed the child issue.
“I would love to tell you,” she said, “but I have a show coming up that I save all my stuff for!”
She then displayed homemade items that her fans have sent her over the years, including: A portrait on a piece of wood of Portia and her, and wine glasses with their images painted on them.