Rosie O’Donnell Says She Feels Bad For Making Fun of Anne Heche Amid Crash


Rosie O’Donnell has revealed that she regrets having previously made fun of Anne Heche, with the actor remaining hospitalized following a fiery car crash.

Heche was the driver of a Mini Cooper that crashed into a home in Los Angeles, causing the small abode to go up in flames. TMZ shared footage showing that Heche’s vehicle had hit an apartment complex’s garage shortly before the crash.

Footage captured on a number of doorbell cameras at the time caught Heche’s car traveling at what appeared to be a high speed moments before the collision, which occurred in the neighborhood of Mar Vista.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the house is now “uninhabitable.”

Per People, Heche’s spokesperson said that the screen star was intubated and is “currently in stable condition,” after reportedly suffering severe burns in the fiery collision.

Rosie O’Donnell is pictured main on April 23, 2018, in New York City. Anne Heche is pictured inset on November 18, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. O’Donnell has revealed that she feels bad for mocking Heche in the past, in light of her recent car crash and hospitalization.
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With the news dominating headlines, O’Donnell took to her TikTok account to weigh in on the incident in a video titled “SUNDAY RAMBLE” on Sunday.

“So I can’t stop thinking about this Anne Heche accident and how horrifying the whole thing is,” O’Donnell said, “and feeling bad that I made fun of her when she was talking to Barbara Walters about having a relationship with space aliens.”

In 2001, Heche sat down for a 20/20 interview with Walters, telling the veteran journalist that the sexual molestation she had suffered at the hands of her late father, Donald Heche, caused her to escape into a fantasy world on another planet.

“I’m not crazy,” Heche said at the time. “But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me.”

“I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia,” she went on. “I believed I was from that world. I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane.”

Continuing to share her thoughts on Heche, O’Donnell said in her TikTok clip: “I wonder if she’s OK. I think it’s a miracle that she didn’t kill anyone. Thank God, or goddess, or whoever, for that.

“And I hope she survives, But wow, what a tragic tale. That car was on fire for a long time, they say. They couldn’t pull her out. That is a hard sentence to give yourself.”

O’Donnell then went on to urge her followers who might be “struggling” with particular issues to seek help. The video can be viewed in full at the top of this article.

Other celebrities have faced backlash online after expressing their support for Heche, with a number of detractors citing the fact that she could have seriously hurt somebody else during the incident.

Heche’s friend and podcast partner, Heather Duffy Boylston, said in a statement following the crash: “Anne is currently in stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time.”

According to a statement shared by the Los Angeles Fire Department, it took 59 firefighters more than an hour to “access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure, and rescue one female adult found within the vehicle.”

Newsweek has contacted representatives of Heche and the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.