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Ellen DeGeneres Shares Funny Story about COVID-19 Experience as She Returns to Her Show

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jan 14, 2021
02:50 P.M.
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Ellen DeGeneres opened up about her COVID-19 experience as she returns to the show for the first time since contracting the virus. The renowned talk show host shared a hilarious story about when she tested positive.


Ellen DeGeneres has returned to her show for the first time since testing positive for COVID-19 last month. The renowned talk show host made her big comeback in the first episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2021.

During the episode, the comedian opened up about her experience with the virus, sharing a hilarious story about the moment she found out that she tested positive for the virus before the holidays.

Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images


She first appreciated the fans who sent her prayers and kind words before, particularly thanking the virtual audience that was supposed to attend the show she canceled after receiving her diagnosis with the virus.

DeGeneres noted that she slept heavily for about 16 hours per day the first three days of quarantine.


DeGeneres recalled that she was backstage, getting ready to tape the show, getting her hair and make-up done when her assistant walked in to deliver the blow of her test results. Explaining the reaction that followed, she said:

"And then everyone around me ran away. It's funny, people just really get scared. They ran, and some have not come back since."


DeGeneres assured fans that she instantly left the studio, and the safety team informed everyone she had been in contact with of the situation at hand. She then poked fun at her executive producer, Andy Lassner.

She mentioned that he ran at full speed off the lot and even forgot his phone in the process, something she never thought could be possible. The 62-year-old also spoke about the major symptom she experienced.


DeGeneres noted that she slept heavily for about 16 hours per day the first three days of quarantine. However, on the fourth day, she woke up with severe back pain and experienced muscle spasms.

She revealed that the back pain was the only symptom experienced as she had no fever, headaches, or flu-like experiences. Fans may recall that DeGeneres shared her COVID-19 diagnosis on December 10.


The show host took to social media to release a statement, noting that she was feeling good at the moment and was obeying all safety protocols. A week after the announcement, DeGeneres updated fans about her health status.

She assured her fans that she was feeling "really good" despite testing positive for the virus. However, she spoke about her back pain, noting that she had no idea it was a symptom until she talked to other people.


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