Ellen DeGeneres tests positive for COVID-19; show to return in January

Ellen DeGeneres tests positive for COVID-19; show to return in January

- Ellen DeGeneres confirmed through an IG post that she got a positive result for COVID-19

- According to the producers, The Ellen DeGeneres Showwill be paused and is said to be back in January

- The show has reportedly declined in ratings, advertisers, and guest bookings since its 'toxic work environment' issue

- The gifts for its “12 Days of Giveaways” segment this year are not on par with the previous ones

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Ellen DeGeneres revealed on December 10, Thursday, that she got a positive result for the coronavirus test.

Ellen DeGeneres tests positive for COVID-19, show to return in January
Ellen DeGeneres (Photo credit: Frazer Harrison )
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The American TV host shared on Instagram a message revealing her health status. She also apologized since there would be changes to her show. She also stated that she was adhering to the government’s COVID-19 protocols. Moreover, the host clarified that was able to notify the people she had come in close contact with.

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Ellen said that she will be back after the holidays. She also told her followers and fans to stay healthy and safe.

According to the producers, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will be paused until next month, January.

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The show first shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic started to get worse in March. It was on September 21 when it resumed airing its first episode. It was then that Ellen addressed the toxic work environment issue in the show’s production.

Anonymous employees aired out the lack of consideration and positive treatment for its staff. They also voiced out the veteran host should be more involved in checking on the relationship among production staff and see how they are treated.

Since the issue, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show was reported to be getting fewer advertisers and lower in ratings. Compared to the previous years, the show has fewer advertisers and one of its employees said that it is not only due to the pandemic.

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It is also speculated that the show is having a hard time booking big celebrities after that controversy. According to an employee, they are struggling to be a content house since they do not have content.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is popular for its “12 Days of Giveaways” segment every December, in which they give gifts to the audience. This year, the show will give gifts to families affected by the coronavirus and frontline workers. However, there is speculation that this season’s gifts are not on par with those in the previous years.

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Ellen DeGeneres is an American television host, comedian, producer, writer, and actress. She has been hosting her own talk show since 2003. She also starred in “Ellen”, a popular sitcom, from 1994 to 1998.

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Ellen is not the only Hollywood celebrity who has tested positive for the COVID-19. It can be remembered that Dwayne Johnson and his family were also infected by the virus. Robert Pattinson was also reported to test positive, which resulted in the temporary halt of the “Batman” production.

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