Anne Heche says she ‘warned’ fellow Ally McBeal co-star Portia de Rossi against pursuing ex Ellen DeGeneres

Anne Heche says she ‘warned’ fellow Ally McBeal co-star Portia de Rossi against pursuing ex Ellen DeGeneres

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Anne Heche recalled telling Portia de Rossi not to pursue her ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres during a 2021 episode of her Better Together podcast with Heather Duffy.

In the YouTube video, Heche recalled how she “warned” de Rossi against dating the comedian. Heche and DeGeneres dated for three years before publicly splitting in 2000, where the actress suffered a mental breakdown hours after the relationship ended.

“By the way, I warned you,” Heche said to Duffy. “Portia even asked me about Ellen.”

She continued, “Portia came to my wedding [to ex-husband Coleman ‘Coley’ Laffoon in 2001] because I was with her on ‘Ally McBeal’. Portia even said, ‘I’ll go after Ellen.'”

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Anne Heche (left, in 2020) recalled warning Portia de Rossi (right, 2020) against dating her ex, Ellen DeGeneres.

Anne Heche (left, in 2020) recalled warning Portia de Rossi (right, 2020) against dating her ex, Ellen DeGeneres. (Getty Images)

At the time of Heche and DeGeneres’ relationship, they were known for being a central part of the LGBTQ community as one of the few openly gay couples in Hollywood.

“You’re not going to be the poster boy, girl, because you know what, that poster boy has already been taken,” Heche said. “And by the way, it wasn’t a great place. But yours won’t be easier.”

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Anne Heche said she was blacklisted from the industry following her split from Ellen DeGeneres.

Anne Heche said she was blacklisted from the industry following her split from Ellen DeGeneres. (Kurt Krieger/Corbis)

“And now I’ll tell you how, red flag, red flag, red flag!” Heche recalled telling de Rossi.

“I’ve been canceled since the day I was born,” Heche said as she defended her “truth” in the relationship.

Finding humor in her past, Heche joked, “I realized Ellen drove a Porsche… and then she married one. ”

Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche in 2000. The former couple first started dating in 1997.

Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche in 2000. The former couple first started dating in 1997. (Getty Images)

Heche told Page Six last year that the failed relationship not only got her blacklisted from Hollywood, but also “stepped” her out of the entertainment industry for a decade.

“I haven’t done a studio picture for 10 years,” she said of the episode. “I got fired from a $10 million deal and never saw the light of day in a studio picture.”

For her part, DeGeneres celebrated her 14-year wedding anniversary with de Rossi on Tuesday, writing in an Instagram post, “It’s good to be loved. It is profound to be understood.”

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Anne Heche’s death was ruled an accident Wednesday, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

The late actress died from “inhalation and thermal injuries,” and the manner of death was listed as “accidental.”

Anne Heche (pictured 2015) was taken off life support on Sunday and will donate her organs.  The actress was declared brain dead and died on August 5 after a fire accident

Anne Heche (pictured 2015) was taken off life support on Sunday and will donate her organs. The actress was declared brain dead and died after a violent accident on August 5 (Jeff Kravitz)

The report also listed a “sternum fracture due to blunt trauma” among “other significant conditions,” noting her death on Thursday, August 11.

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Only one of five types of death can be listed in a coroner’s report: homicide, suicide, natural causes, accidental, or undetermined.

California state law requires the coroner to investigate all sudden death related to suicide, homicide, or accident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York Times bestselling author was “peacefully taken off life support” on Sunday, August 14, after being pronounced brain dead two days earlier. She is survived by her son Homer with ex-husband Coley Laffoon and son Atlas with her former partner James Tupper.

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The LAPD dismissed the investigation into the car accident after her death.

Heche found success on the small screen in the ’80s with soap operas, playing twins in Another World, which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award and two Soap Opera Digest Awards.

She rose to fame in the late ’90s with her starring roles alongside Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco, with Harrison Ford in Six Days Seven Nights and in Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho.

Tracy Wright is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital. Send story tips to [email protected]