Ellen DeGeneres Shares Health Update after Testing Positive for COVID-19
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres has given fans a health update after she tested positive for COVID-19. The talk show host assured her fans that she was doing great.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has joined the list of celebrities who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. She shared the news via a statement, writing:
"Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I'm feeling fine right now."
Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images
The comedienne continued, informing fans that everyone who has had close contact with her has been notified, and she is following all COVID-19 safety protocols issued by the CDC.
Before the season's premiere, the show was fraught with allegations of workplace toxicity levied against DeGeneres.
She concluded, telling fans that she would see them after the holidays and urged them to keep safe and healthy. DeGeneres' statement didn't address how her show, "The Ellen Degeneres Show," would fare without her.
Since its season 18 premiere in September, the show has been filmed with an in-studio audience, and celebrity guests have either chosen to attend virtually or in person.
According to a spokesperson for the production company, Telepictures, filming and production for "The Ellen Degeneres" show was put on hold until January after the host's announcement.
Before the season's premiere, the show was fraught with allegations of workplace toxicity levied against DeGeneres. However, on her first day back, she addressed the claims.
The 62-year-old told her viewers that she took the allegations seriously and apologized to the people affected. She noted that she was indeed the kind lady portrayed on screen, but can sometimes be other things.
DeGeneres assured fans that she was working on herself. She has since apologized to her staff and promised them increased benefits. Also, three of her top producers exited the show.
A source reiterated her confession, noting that the talk show host is a perfectionist who had no intentions of coming on as mean. The insider promised that she was working hard to make changes.
In October, the television show host made headlines when she paid tribute to frontline health workers in a heartwarming way. DeGeneres dressed as a superhero nurse for Halloween and praised them for their hard work amid the pandemic.