Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:58 PM Ellen DeGeneres is seen for first time since her ex Anne Heche's near-fatal ... trends now
Ellen DeGeneres was spotted out with a friend for the first time since her ex Anne Heche nearly lost her life after crashing into a Los Angels home going 90 mph.
The popular talk show host was out with a friend at the True Lune restaurant, in Santa Barbara, California, on Monday, pictured in a navy blue wardrobe.
DeGeneres, 64, who dated Heche in the 90s, wore a collared polo shirt, pinstripe shorts and grey sneakers while coming out the restaurant.
Her companion, an older man, wore a white T-shirt, jean shorts and flipflops.
When asked about Heche, 53, who is currently hospitalized and suspected of being drunk when she drove her Mini Cooper into a woman's home last Friday, DeGeneres said she's unaware of her condition as the two no longer talk.
'We are not in touch with each other, so I would not know', she said, but still wished for her ex's speedy recovery. 'I don't want anyone to be hurt.'
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was seen out in Santa Barbara, California, on Monday for the first time since ex Anne Heche's near-fatal crash in Los Angeles
Police suspect Heche had been drunk when she slammed her Mini Cooper into a woman's home going 90 mph. A photo from earlier on Friday shows Heche moments before the second accident at the wheel with a bottle of vodka with a red cap plonked in the cup holder
Ellen was out with a male friend, enjoying lunch at the True Lune restaurant
Despite their famous relationship in the 90s when she first came out (right), Ellen said she no longer talks with Heche but wishes her a speedy recovery
Ellen wore a navy blue collared polo shirt, pinstripe shorts and grey sneakers while coming out the restaurant in Santa Barbara on Monday
when asked about Heche's condition, DeGeneres said: 'We are not in touch with each other, so I would not know'
The home of Lynne Mishele was destroyed by a blaze after Heche ran her Mini Cooper into the building at speeds nearing 90 miles per hour, according to police. The resulting blaze took 59 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish.
As a result of the fire, Heche - who is best known for her relationship with DeGeneres and her acting roles in the 1990s - was taken to a local hospital and intubated. She remains in the ICU.
Heche is now said to be 'critical condition' following the fiery crash, a rep for the actor said in a statement to Deadline.
'At this time, Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,' a rep for the actor said in a statement.
'She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident,' it added.
Mishele managed to escape, shaken but unhurt.
A GoFundMe page set up for her says that Mishele's home was 'immediately red-tagged' after crews extinguished the fire - meaning the home was listed as unsafe to return to until repairs can be made.
Mishel said she initially thought that something had fallen from the sky and exploded into her house, neighbor David Manpearl told DailyMail.com.
‘She’s lucky to be alive. She was shaking when she told me she had just been in the living room right where the car had crashed,' he said.
Just minutes before Heche careered into the nearly 70-year-old home, the Donnie Brasco star was pictured after crashing into a different garage further up the same street.
Shortly before destroying Mishele's house, Heche's blue Mini Clubman was shown on a doorbell camera speeding past a home along South Walgrove Avenue in the Mar Vista neighborhood.
A picture taken before her first crash also showed Heche with what appeared to be a bottle of vodka in the cup holder of her Mini ahead of the horrific second smash.
Authorities had to use a crane to pull Heche out from the flaming vehicle, a neighbor who witnessed the crash told NBC 4.
On Friday, Heche crashed her car into the downtown Los Angeles home of Lynne Mishele
Mishele, seen in the maroon, standing across the street from her home looking dazed and confused following Friday morning's crash by Anne Heche into her house
In a tweet, the LAFD said that it took 59 firefighters about 65 minutes to put out the blaze. The home is now 'uninhabitable'
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the crash caused 'structural compromise and erupting in heavy fire' following the crash
In a report from the scene prior to Heche's extraction around 11:30 am, Fox 11's Stu Mandel said: 'If there's somebody alive in there this is going to be a miracle'
Aerial footage later showed her bursting through the straps in a white bag before writhing in pain on a stretcher as she was bundled into an ambulance and rushed to a local ICU.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to put out the 'stubborn flames' and 'rescue one female adult found within the vehicle.'
Jaw-dropping pictures from the scene showed the burnt out hull of the car as it was recovered from the hedge before being towed away by the authorities.
'We really had a multifaceted incident here,' LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said. 'We had a significant traffic collision, we had entrapment of a woman inside that, we had car that erupted into fire, and then we had a home that had significant fire that is red tagged. It's at this point destroyed.'
Ex-boyfriend Thomas Jane, 53, paid an emotional tribute to her, saying despite the fact they are no longer together he offers her his 'thoughts and prayers' and credited her 'one of the true talents of her generation'.
Heche is a mother to two sons - Homer, with cameraman ex-husband Coleman Luffoon, as well as Atlas, who she had with former boyfriend James Tupper.
Actress Anne Heche has been intubated in a critical condition after crashing her Mini into a garage before speeding off and smashing it into an apartment block where it exploded
The 53-year-old suffered horrific burns during the collision and was recorded being dragged out of the mangled wreck by firefighters after it burst into flames in LA around 11am
There was plenty of emergency services in attendance in the aftermath of the crash as 59 firefighters arrived at the scene to combat the flames
Fire crews were on scene as they attempted to put out the flames which took about an hour