Ellen DeGeneres has gone from televisions nicest personality to fighting rumors of on-set abuse. The bullying accusations gained a little bit of legitimacy recently when Anne Heche revealed that her romantic relationship with Ellen got her cancelled. It wasn’t because of anything Ellen did, though.

In an interview with Page Six, Heche called herself patient zero in cancel culture. At the time, it was considered taboo by Hollywood to be in a homosexual relationship. Anne said after the couple revealed their relationship, she was blacklisted by Hollywood.

“This was a moment in my life when I was given the glory of being able to stand up for what I believe in and have since I was a kid.”

Heche said her relationship with DeGeneres kept her from working on a studio film for ten years. She also says she lost work worth $10 million that she was already hired for. She didn’t name details, but Heche said the picture never saw the light of day.

Anne also recalled the story of how Harrison Ford helped save her career. During casting of Six Days, Seven Nights, the studio nearly passed on Heche until Ford came to her rescue.

“He said, ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn who you’re sleeping with. We have a romantic comedy to make. Let’s make it the best one that’s ever happened. That is why Harrison Ford is my hero. To stand behind me at such a time when the force of what I was standing up for could have been toppled.”

Heche’s next project is a film called 13 Minutes. The socially conscious disaster flick hits theaters on October 29.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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