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THE TALK's Sheryl Underwood Interview: Performing Stand-Up In Front Of CBS Daytime, Her Dark Family Secret & Delia's Death On Y&R!

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Last week, The Talk’s co-host, Sheryl Underwood turned 50 years old and had quite the celebration on-set of the hit CBS series!

Over the last several weeks, Sheryl has had some other milestone moments in her career as well.  First, she performed in front of the CBS Daytime family at the CBS Daytime After Dark benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, where her routine rocked the house, and had us spitting out our drink … it was that hilarious.  Secondly, during The Talk’s season four premiere week, where each of the co-hosts revealed a personal secret that has never been shared before, Sheryl riveted the audience at home, and in the studio, when she related the truth about her twin sister and how her mother stabbed her father.  Thirdly, you gotta love a woman who is pro-soap opera!  Yes, The Young and the Restless is Sheryl’s show, and she gets just as excited as many of you at home when seeing your favorite stars, or watching a must-see episode!

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with the fabulous Underwood in one of our favorite interviews in recent memory, because not only did she have us laughing in stitches, but she opened up about the sharing of her painful family secret, plus what she thought upon hearing about the controversial killing of little Delia on Y&R!  So, here’s our special chat with Sheryl! 

The stand up routine you performed at CBS Daytime After Dark was so funny!  You did this stream of consciousness monologue on how you met all of the ladies from The Talk for the first time.  How did you not lose your place in telling the story?

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SHERYL:  95 % of it is based on something that really happened, like Sharon throwing up on me! (Laughs)  I was never going to tell the story until Sharon was telling the story!  So, it was easy to pull out all the layers together … and then coming to Julie Chen’s house with bags and stuff, cause you should never go to someone’s house empty handed. (Laughs)  So, everything is based on a truth.  You just have to put it in an order.  The only fear I had was, it was an event for a great charity, Stand Up To Cancer.  So, you never want to say anything that takes the spotlight off of why we are really here, which is to raise money.   Plus, you have all these daytime and nighttime stars there.  I just wanted to write material that shows my sincere appreciation for having the opportunity to be on the number one network, but then also say what I felt … like …”I would like to have sex with David Hasselhoff!”  And as for Nina Tassler (President, CBS Entertainment), I was thinking of her because I watch Judge Judy every day.  I was like, “You know, who she reminds me of?”  And then I wrote it down on a piece paper!  I put Judge Judy and Nina together, because they are little itty bitty women who wear cool clothes!  What I try to do is … do the thing that gets you to the visual, a verbal visual, and then I will go on to talk about how Les Moonves (CBS CEO) and Julie’s house looks!  (Laughs)

And, you admitted you had no idea that your co-host, Sara Gilbert was a lesbian?

SHERYL:  One thing I love about sitting next to Sara Gilbert every day is the humanity she shows. She is such a sweet-spirit that now I am defensive of her.  I surely did not know she was a lesbian.  And I just thought, this was the most wonderful thing in the world.  Now on the road the jokes are much dirtier than what you saw at CBS Daytime After Dark.  But I felt, representing CBS Daytime and The Talk, and trying to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer, it really showed that we could do something and be a little bit edgy, but not so far that people walk out and go, “Oh, my God. What did we just pay for?”

Now, I heard you had a thing for The Price is Right host, Drew Carey, until something went down the night of CBS Daytime After Dark!  What happened?

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SHERYL:  I have been in love with Drew Carey, before I was ever going to the Cleveland Improv! He keeps dating all of these other people exact for me!  So I am backstage at CBS Daytime After Dark.  I am trying on wigs, and everyone is telling me to wear red.  People are telling me, “Red really makes your skin pop.”   So I am trying on jeans and blouses and trying to get the low cut scoop neck so he can see my …you know whats!  Then, I thought he would see me kill it on stage, and then ask me out to dinner, and go, “Sheryl, you’re the woman for me”   So, guess what happens?  He walks in with his new young girlfriend.  I felt like I was playing Plinko and all my chips were going into the zero!  So, I am sitting next to this young girl and she is Cuban.  I think she is from Miami, and she is a photographer.  I am thinking, ‘If you can’t make Drew happy, than maybe this girl can make Drew happy.”  Then, she tells me her brother was in Menudo!  I go, “What?  Forget Drew Carey, which guy is he from Menudo?”

So did sort of “cleaning up” your act in front of the suits and stars of CBS Daytime, change your outlook at all on what you might do in the future?

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SHERYL:  The one thing about doing the show the way we did it, and the way I had to do the set, was to take out the profanity.   So I learned, I can also do mainstream comedy.  I have an act where I would like to take Y&R’s Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and Ignacio Serricchio (Alex) on the road with me, and have them dress in nice tuxedos, or nice sweaters, to show off their shape, and add a band to it, and give it a more Las Vegas or variety show feel.  I would host it.  I would like to go to the CBS affiliates and split the money three-ways: my foundation for education, and whatever charity the CBS affiliate is working with, and then a third charity that we could raise some money for.  I would like to do this for 21 to 30 days in August of 2014.  This would be a theatre show.  I would really love to do this.

I know you are a huge fan of The Young and the Restless!  What happened the first time you met one of your favorites, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott)?

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SHERYL:  I had been dieting and I am at event, but they are giving us these fruity drinks that I think is just juice… but its fruit juice and alcohol!  So I am nice and buzzed.  I see Peter Bergman, but to me, he’s Jack Abbott!  I walk up to him and I slap him on the back and go, “Man, let me tell you about the time you got out of that wheelchair!”  Peter goes, “You watch the show?”  And I go, “Yeah, I watch the show!”  The funny part is you see this great actor looking at you.  But, you know how people look at you, and they go, “I am very happy that you watch the show.”  I am like the Y&R uber-fan, and Steve Burton (Dylan)…. is he going to change the name of his band, now that he is on The Young and the Restless?  It can’t be “Port Chuck” anymore!  You’re on CBS now, you got to go all in! 

And keeping it all in the CBS Daytime family, you got something going with Criminal Minds star and former Y&R hottie, Shemar Moore, too? (Laughs)

SHERYL:  I will let you in on a little secret.  I am going to work with Shemar Moore on his Baby Girl fashions!  We are going to do a photo shoot for that.  I just love the fact that we all can work together and help each other on other projects.  I love the fact that CBS has the most daytime shows on, and they believe, if you do it right, you get the numbers.

Did you see that on Y&R that they killed-off Billy and Chloe’s adorable little girl Delia in a hit and run?

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SHERYL:  NO!  On the for real, for real?  Soaps do it best!  Soaps have you crying over kids you never met that you don’t know! (Laughs) You know damn well, when they walk up the stairs, and they come back down they are going to be 30.  Oh my God!  I have to see it.

Fans are outraged and upset that the powers-that-be killed the little girl! 

SHERYL:  Yeah, but it gives great stories to the actors, either it has to be a disease or heart transplant, or a hit and run accident.  I don’t know why the fans are upset?  This is daytime!  You know how many things happen in daytime?  They sent Y&R’s Mamie on a cruise! (Laughs)  You don’t see the black people mad? (Laughs)  Now, if it advances the storyline, c’mon people?

Do you ever shed a tear … and are there moments when you are emotionally riveted to Y&R?

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SHERYL:  Absolutely, but I am emotionally riveted when Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) comes out and looks at the camera.   I go, “I know he’s looking at me!  I know he’s looking at me!”  I am already riveted.  I let the stuff play out.  I like a good cry.  I surely love an, “Oh, my God!  I did not know this person came back from the dead!”  That is what soap operas are all about.  It’s sort of a respite, and making love with someone you know you shouldn’t be making love to, and their blackmailing you!  That is the best sex in the world… blackmail soap opera sex!   That’s soap opera romance 101!

Nothing was move moving and haunting then your revelation during season four premiere week of The Talk, when each of the ladies, shared a personal secret that no one else knew before, or publicly.   I watched yours over and over again.  It was so heart-wrenching, but yours struck a chord with so many people.  How difficult was it for you to come forward with that admission?

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SHERYL:  It was one of the hardest things to do, even when we were working through it with the producers, because we did not know what each others secrets were.  We just knew there was going to be a secret, and when it came to my secret, we were going to be running some ideas and that came up.  That is a secret that I keep personal to myself.  But then I thought, maybe it would help somebody.  Maybe people will understand me a little bit better.  I was more worried about my brothers and sisters on both sides of my family. But you know what it did for me?  It caused me to forgive my birth mother in a way that I had never been able to after more than 40 years.  But once I started to think about it, and talk about the beat of what was going to be said, I started to think about my mother doing this.  And maybe for the rest of her life, as long as she lived after this, did she really mean to do this, or was she really angry?   And then I started to think about my father differently, and why he was such a loving and caring person, but he had to get out of that relationship.   So when The Talk came back the following Monday episode after my reveal, I said, “I hope wherever my mother is, she forgives me as I forgive her.”  It helped me probably a lot more than it helped anyone in the audience.  I am glad it happened at this point in my life and I am glad I felt save on The Talk to say it.

What did you think of the other secrets revealed by the ladies of The Talk?

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SHERYL:  I can tell you Sharon’s secret was the most fun for me.  Sara’s secret was the secret of, “Why I continue to live my life the way I am.”  We had Luther Vandross, Harold Rollins, and we got all these people who were closeted, and are dying with this secret. Just think, if they could have lived their life organically?  As for Julie, I thought her secret showed great humanity.  Everybody thinks Asian people and black people are the only people that carry their race around them wherever they go. You have to make sure you don’t do anything to offend the race, or make the race look bad.  So, I hope people understand Julie Chen has feelings!  But Aisha’s was the one that second to mine that touched me too, because I don’t have any children either.  Now, I would not go through all that she went through.  I wanted to run over to her and tell her, “Why didn’t you tell me you were going through all of that?”  I look for Aisha to come in her one day, and talk to God for a minute, and just vomit all over the table, because she is pregnant!   I look for her and her husband to make a baby that looks just like Leslie Uggams! (Laughs)

I remember watching the Friday episode.  Julie set up that when they come back from the commercial break, it would be your turn to tell your secret.  What was going on inside of you when you knew the moment of truth was upon you?

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SHERYL:  I said to myself, ‘Tell a joke and get out of it.’  Then I said, ‘I hope the chair breaks’.  I was thinking anything to get out of it.  And then I thought, are people going to think my whole family is filled with kooky people?  It was every emotion.  It was fear, because you don’t know if you are going to be accepted for saying it.   It’s mustering up some courage, because someone else may be going through it.  You know it was, my mother stabbed my father and the story of my twin sister dying, and then hearing that my mother was telling me since two years old, “Your father killed your sister.  Don’t be close to him.”  I remember talking to my father.  I remember the tears welling up in his eyes.  My father was a young man in his early 20’s when we were conceived, and to think of a  man sitting by an incubator because his babies are premature, and then to hear that he is being accused of that, there is some part of me that heard my sister talking to me and saying, “Go ahead and say it.  You can say it?  You say it to me every day, say it to them.”  And that’s when I really wanted everyone to feel and understand … that my sister is with me, every day.  Even when I tell a joke go that does not go well, I can hear my sister on my shoulder going, “Well, that’s a clunker!”   Or, if it goes great, I can just hear or envision my sister laughing.

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Do you ever take this all in and pinch yourself?  From the success you have with this top rated afternoon talker, being a revered comedienne, and having legions of fans who adore you?

SHERYL:  Every day I pinch myself.  When I land and go home on a Sunday, after being out on the road, and I take care of my disabled sister, and we have our moments together.  I kiss on her and say, “I am so happy that I have you, and I have a job in California where I can take care of you.  I didn’t have to re-locate.”   With this opportunity with The Talk, I am meeting new and different people every day!  Where in the world is John Stamos ever going to send me flowers?  Where? (Laughs)  It’s like hitting the lottery every day, over and over again.  Where are you going to get to eat free stuff?   Who said I was ever going to be Sharon Osborne’s friend?   You don’t see Sharon Osbourne at the Crenshaw Mall! (Laughs)

Before we wrap, you wanted to elaborate on the story of visiting Julie Chen and her husband CBS CEO Les Moonves’ house for the first time! (Laughs)  Do tell!

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SHERYL:  We go to Julie Chen house, and I don’t want to be late.  So it’s me, Sharon, and Aisha.  We put the address in the GPS, and we get there.  I am parked at what I think is the entrance to their house.  OK, ready?   It ain’t the opening of their house!  It’s the end of the drive way to their house.  So this black man comes out and it’s raining and he says, “Ms. Moonves told me to come down here and get you!  And you need to park in front of that red truck.”   I go, “But, that’s two blocks away!”   He goes, “Yes, but that is the opening to the house!”  I said, “We need to take some pictures of this!”  He says, “Miss, if you don’t calm your ass down  …”   I said, “Look, nobody knew this house was going to be this long!”  All I saw was trees and landscaping.  I hate to say it but … it was like driving up to Tara in Gone with the Wind.   It was the bomb.  I hope I never lose this feeling of excitement and fun, and wanting to do the best that I can, so that everybody can keep their jobs and we have a good product.  If you put a camera on us gals, I think you would find no dirt on us, except maybe…. cheating on our diets!   It’s a phenomenal job and if people don’t believe me, I am not that good of an actress! Go rent, I Got the Hook Up and Beauty Shop, and you’ll see what I mean.

So, what did you think of Sheryl’s comments about Y&R?  Revealing her heartbreaking family secret?  Her thoughts on her The Talk co-hosts?  Let us know!

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Anne
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Anne

Michael,

Please don’t write about these terrible talk shows that replaced soaps. The people on these shows are uninteresting, the content is self-referential and they feature nothing but other wannabe celebrities plugging things. I find any coverage of the CBS President and his wife just awful. And, no, I especially don’t want to hear about their deepest secrets revealed.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I could not agree more! They are soap killers!

Jack
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Jack

Don’t listen to Anne, Michael. She obviously hates her life to read and enjoy the wonderful article about my girls from The Talk. It is not your fault that other soaps were cancelled. I am the biggest soap fan out there and even though I was extremely saddened with the loss my beloved soaps, I am truly enjoying The Talk!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“The Talk” has a lot of “heart”

4 women. real – from the heart – individual persona’ – equally share – give and take

they don’t take the world so seriously… and we do.

they make us laugh
they make us enjoy
they make us forget
they make us feel good

oodles and oodles plenty better than ‘the view’.

I love their perspectives

Kelly
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Kelly

Anne – not all the talk shows are terrible and The Talk does quite a bit to promote both Y&R and B&B.

Kelly
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Kelly

I love Sheryl Underwood and The Talk is so much better than the view! Great interview – she sounds like a lovely woman and very down to earth.

Charday
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Charday

Sheryl is the one bright spot on The Talk. I stopped watching (unless they have a big guest on that I want to see, which is only about once per month) after they fired my favorites on the show– Leah Remini and Holly Robinson–fired because they were too “ghetto.”

Joshua
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Joshua

Yeah, Michael, enough with this “The Talk,” “The Chew,” “Dancing With the Stars” talk.

Next you will be reporting about a campaign to bring back “The Revolution.”

SZima
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SZima

Sheryl Underwood is the reason I DO NOT watch The Talk. I simply can’t stand the way she hogs and mugs for the camera. She’s the most annoying person ever!
This is MY opinion, so don’t hate on me too much. To each his own.

kevin
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kevin

You sound pretty annoying. Get a life.

SZima
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SZima

I said this was my opinion, and I DO have a life…a very good one!

Kate
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Kate

Is the only way The Talk can get viewers is to try to make us feel sorry for them? I really just don’t understand why anyone is interested in anything these people say. I think the audience consists of people that are unemployed and don’t have cable so they are desperate for entertainment. I just can’t imagine anyone watching these talk shows would watch if they had could find anything else to do. Just the thought of watching these women jabber makes me shudder. The only reason these people mention the soaps is in the hope of gaining more viewers… Read more »

Jessica
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Jessica

I still say that The Talk is nothing more than a cheap imitation of The View.

Debbie
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Debbie

The Talk-cheap imitation maybe…but far better than the View

Joshua
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Joshua

We know this woman loves “Young and the Restless”

Why did nobody ask her about “As the World Turns”? You know the show that was cancelled for “The Talk.”

Ida
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Ida

Not a big fan of most talk shows, but I really enjoy the Talk and LOVE the LADIES on the show

Sirita
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Sirita

I love the talk.. Sheryl is the funny one, she makes people laugh and we need this in todays world… Sharon, I just love Sharons family ever since I saw their reality show.. Yes I like Ozzy too but I don’t like what he did to sharon… Aisha is also funny… Sara is the sweet one and Julie is the outspoken one… I love listening to all their stories and some have even made me cry… I love it when they have stars I adore and interested when others are there .. I wish I could win some of the… Read more »

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche in “Extremely Critical Condition”; Still in Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

Although earlier reports over the weekend had soap opera alum and Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) in stable condition following crashing her car into a home, on Monday an update on her condition looked more grim.

According to a statement provided to Deadline by Heche’s rep: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Since last Friday, Heche has been hospitalized following a harrowing incident where she crashed her car which caught fire into a private home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

In addition, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from Heche.

Over the last few days, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” with her co-host Heather Duffy was released, which showed the actress slurring her speech.

Erroneous reports said that the podcast which dropped on Friday, was also recorded that day, and that Heche had been drinking prior to her accident during the show.  However, it has come to light that Heche taped that episode last Tuesday, not the day of the crash.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Anne as we continue to monitor and update the situation on the film and TV star, via the comment section below.

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