Anne Heche has revealed that she warned Portia de Rossi not to date ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres a year before she died, a new interview shows.
The actress, who died on Sunday after a fireball crashed in Los Angeles earlier this month, said it would be a “red flag” for her to meet with the talk show host.
The 53-year-old also launched a volley against DeGeneres, criticizing her for always driving Porsches that were “stupid.”
The resurfaced clip, which appeared on her Better Together podcast, comes days after Heche’s life support machine was turned off at a Los Angeles hospital.
She had been left brain dead and in a coma after she crashed her car into a Los Angeles house during a cocaine-fueled binge.
Details: The late Anne Heche said last year on her Better Together with Heather Duffy podcast that she had ‘warned’ Portia de Rossi, 49, not to become romantically involved with ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres, 64.
DeGeneres and de Rossi were photographed at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on December 7, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.
Heche was in a relationship with DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000. They were photographed at the 1998 Golden Globes.
The 53-year-old suffered horrific burns during the collision and was dragged out of the wreck by firefighters after it burst into flames in Los Angeles around 11 a.m.
In a June 2021 edition of his podcast Better together with Heather Duffy, Heche revealed that she had protected de Rossi, 49, from DeGeneres, 64.
She told listeners, ‘Portia even asked me about Ellen,’ and told her, ‘I’m going after Ellen.’
She said she told the actress that she would not receive any notoriety from the relationship at a time when there were few same-sex couples in show business.
Heche said she told de Rossi: ‘You won’t be the poster girl, girl, because guess what, that poster girl has already been taken; And by the way, it wasn’t a great place.
‘But, yours isn’t going to be any easier. And I’m telling you now, like, red flag, red flag, red flag!
Heche added: ‘I noticed that Ellen was driving a Porsche… and then she married one. All she used to do was drive Porsches and she would collect them and I thought it was so stupid because they were so loud.
Heche said she told de Rossi that she would not receive any notoriety from the relationship during a time when there were few same-sex couples in show business.
Heche said she told de Rossi that she had dated DeGeneres: “Red flag, red flag, red flag!”
Heche, who was in a relationship with DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000, met De Rossi as they both appeared on the Fox series Ally McBeal.
He noted that de Rossi was invited to her 2001 wedding to ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.
It was not the first time that Heche criticized her ex-girlfriend. Last October she told him page six the relationship with DeGeneres negatively impacted her career.
She said she “didn’t do a studio photo for ten years” in the wake of the affair, which became public after they attended the premiere of her film Volcano in 1997.
“I got fired from a $10 million contract and didn’t see the light of day on a studio movie,” Heche said.
He added that the ‘repercussions that happened to him’ also helped create ‘a part of the change’ towards inclusion of the LGBTQ community.
DeGeneres and de Rossi earlier this week celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary.
DeGeneres took to Instagram and said, ‘It’s good to be loved. It is profound to be understood. I love you, @portiaderossi. Happy 14!
The Los Angeles County medical examiner ruled Wednesday that the actress died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.
A photo before the Aug. 5 crash shows Heche moments before the second crash behind the wheel with a bottle of vodka in the cup holder.
The actress was seen being transferred to an ambulance on the day of the accident.
Heche can be seen being carried from the scene on a stretcher and carried to a waiting ambulance.
An interior shot shows that the Mini Clubman’s airbag had burst along with most of the decoration burned off after the accident.
The bureau also said the 53-year-old suffered a “sternum fracture due to blunt trauma” in the Aug. 5 terror crash.
Fractures of the sternum are most often found in patients who have been hit in the chest by the steering wheel in car accidents.
Heche also suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” caused by lack of oxygen, according to a statement issued last week on behalf of her family and friends.
A full autopsy report was still being completed, the coroner’s office said.
Heche’s life support machine was switched off on Sunday after she suffered horrific burns in the collision in her Mini Clubman.
She was declared legally dead on August 12 after being in a coma for a week before being taken off life support two days later. She was kept on life support until her organs could be donated.