Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive For COVID-19: I’m Feeling Fine Right Now
Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday (Dec. 10th).
“Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. 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.”
The news comes months after Ellen faced lots of controversies amid accusations that the set of her daytime talk show was a toxic environment. She apologized as she addressed the claims when she returned to her show in September.
She said on the season 18 premiere:
“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.”
“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic environment here at our show. And then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I’m so sorry to the people who were affected. I am a boss of 270 people, 270 people who help make this show what it is… All I want is for every single one of them to be happy and to be proud to work here.”
She added that she is:
“committed to making this the best season that we’ve ever had.”
Ellen DeGeneres also clears the air on how her “be kind” mantra began, ensuring her fans that she is the same person you see on TV.
“I started saying ‘be kind to one another’ after after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness, and it was a reminder that we all needed that. I think we need it more than ever right now. The truth is, I am that person you see on TV — I’m also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.”
She went on to say,
“I’ve played a straight woman in movies, so I’m a pretty good actress. But I don’t think that I’m that good that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me. And my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that.”
Sending well wishes for Ellen’s full recovery!