Ellen DeGeneres said on Monday that she is quitting Hollywood.
The former star of ABC's "Ellen"--the first sitcom with a gay lead character whose coming out made television history--told The Times that she and partner Anne Heche, who co-stars in the remake of "Psycho" opening Friday, "want to take at least a year off."
"We've quit our agents, let go of our publicist, we're selling our house and leaving town," DeGeneres said.
DeGeneres made the announcement a day after the couple's first joint interview appeared in The Times Sunday Magazine. In it they talked about Hollywood's chilly reception to their controversial relationship.
"We were naive," said DeGeneres, who had begun to move into feature films after the cancellation of her 4-year-old series last year.