US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres took to social media this morning to confirm she's tested positive for COVID-19. "Hi everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for COVID-19," DeGeneres wrote in a Notes app screenshot posted to Twitter on Thursday morning (LA time). "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 again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe".
As it stands, Ellen is smack-bang in the middle of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show's 18th season. The season had kicked off with an apology from the talk show host after a year marred by allegations of a toxic workplace culture from both past and present staffers of the show.
The talk show host invited a limited number of audience members back to the studio on October 28. "You're my very first in-person audience since March", she told the audience. Upon starting the show, DeGeneres gave her viewers a rundown of the safeguards in place for a COVID-safe taping. In addition to wearing masks and staying six feet apart, the talk show host revealed her audience members had all tested negative for COVID-19.
Ellen has also interviewed a handful of guests in-studio, including Justin Bieber. As a result of the positive test, production of the talk show will halt immediately.
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Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank