Ellen DeGeneres tests positive for coronavirus
Ellen DeGeneres is the latest high-profile entertainment figure to announce that she’s tested positive for COVID-19.
The daytime TV host shared her diagnosis with her nearly 80 million Twitter followers on Thursday, writing she was “feeling fine” and “following all” the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 10, 2020
DeGeneres, 62, had initially filmed her eponymous daytime talk show remotely from her home at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March. She returned to her studio for “Ellen’s” 18th season premiere in September, and had recently brought back a limited, live studio audience.
The comedian is one of a number of celebrities who have battled COVID-19, including Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, singer Pink, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Robert Pattinson, among others.
More than 283,000 have died from complications of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
DeGeneres had caught flack back in April for a coronavirus-related joke she made, comparing being in quarantine to “being in jail.”
“It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for ten days and everyone in here is gay,” DeGeneres quipped. Critics had accused the TV personality of insensitivity towards coronavirus outbreaks among prison populations.
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