Ellen DeGeneres' bad year just got worse.
The out comedian and talk-show host announced via Twitter that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a screenshot from the Apple Notes app on her phone, DeGeneres wrote:
Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe.
Variety has confirmed that production on The Ellen Show will be paused until January.
As NewNowNext reported at length this summer, a number of allegations surfaced surrounding DeGeneres and her staff’s “demeaning” treatment of their employees. The Ellen Show’s ratings dipped amid the controversies, and rumors circulated that the show was going to be canceled, although her production company repeatedly denied them.
In July, WarnerMedia, the show’s parent company, launched an internal investigation into the claims. Come August, three of The Ellen Show’s top producers were ousted.
In the opening monologue from the Season 18 premiere of The Ellen Show, the comedian took a beat to address the allegations.
“If you’re watching this because you love me, thank you,” DeGeneres quipped to the show’s virtual audience. “If you’re watching this because you don’t love me, welcome.”
We are wishing DeGeneres a safe and speedy recovery.