In a Twitter statement released on Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she has tested positive for coronavirus. However, the talk show host and gay icon has noted that, regardless of her diagnosis, she is “feeling fine,” according to the post.
“Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19,” the talk show host wrote. “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.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 10, 2020
According to USA Today, a Telepictures spokesperson confirmed that production on the talk show has been paused until January. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” became one of the first television productions to return to having an in-studio audience — though it was a significantly limited number — since Covid-19 forced shutdowns across industries. Beginning in October, fans were let back into the studio, while around 70 attended virtually. The studio is able to hold roughly 300 people.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” began allowing in-studio performances again this month. While many performers have opted to appear virtually, guests such as Leslie Odom, Jr., Bryan Cranston, Diane Keaton, and Lil Nas X have all been in-studio for the recordings of their episodes.
DeGeneres’ coronavirus diagnosis is just another in a rapidly growing number of cases in the United States. As of Thursday, more than 15 million cases and over 280,000 deaths have been recorded in the country.
“I’ll see you all again after the holidays,” DeGeneres wrote in the announcement. “Please stay healthy and safe.”