American comedian Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that she has tested positive for the coronavirus. Fortunately, I'm feeling fine right now, ' she said in a statement on Twitter at noon on Thursday. "I'll see you again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe", DeGeneres said in her post.
DeGeneres, 62, host of the popular daytime show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, said she was following health guidelines and would return to her show after the holidays. Three top producers were fired in August, Variety exclusively reported. Forty audience members - rather than the normal capacity of 300 seats - have been allowed to attend tapings each day.
In the last two weeks, in-studio guests on Ellen have included Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Diane Keaton, Bryan Cranston and, just on Wednesday, Leslie Odom Jr. - though guests have been distantly seated from DeGeneres.
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Doctors have not been able to establish the cause of the illness through blood tests, brain scans or cerebral spinal fluid tests. So far 263 people had been discharged from hospital after treatment while another 171 have been admitted as in-patients.
Around the same time. several ex-employees of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" alleged a toxic work environment, for which she later apologized.
She also addressed the allegations during her Season 18 opening monologue. "I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show".