Ellen DeGeneres learned she had COVID-19 while on 'Ellen' set

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2021

This time, Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue to discuss her COVID-19 diagnosis and revealed the one coronavirus symptom she did not expect and she suffered from the most. But in the end, it wasn't DeGeneres' attitude that caused her staff to run out on her.

DeGeneres confirmed in early December she had tested positive for COVID.

"And then everyone around me ran away". Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. "So yeah, I tested positive before the holidays and I'm fine now, I'm all good, I'm all clear". Please stay healthy and safe.

As reported by Hollywood Life, just a month after revealing she tested positive for COVID-19, Ellen DeGeneres returned to her talk show on January 13, and showed fans just how well-recovered she is.

"Obviously there's a lot of negative stuff going on, so I want to talk about something positive instead - my COVID test... it was positive", Ellen began. "Then, on the fourth day, I woke up with back spasms and I thought I pulled a muscle or slept weird because I was [quarantining] in a different bed. It's amusing, people just really get scared", the host said of the aftermath.

On Wednesday, DeGeneres opened up about her experience with the novel coronavirus in her first episode back since announcing her positive diagnosis in December. "They told executive producer Andy Lassner and he ran at full speed off the lot".

"So I left the studio immediately and our COVID security team had informed everyone that I had had contact", Ellen continued. "Now I know how you feel when I make you laugh". After finding out her diagnosis, she went home and kept her distance from her wife, Portia de Rossi, who was also tested for COVID-19.

DeGeneres revealed she's "very fortunate" and "very blessed" to have overcome the virus, but noted that it was "weird" that she had no idea where she contracted it.

"It just so happens that the twelfth and final segment of the special was to feature a dozen teachers from our very own Murray Elementary,"Boriskin said". The show and its sponsors shower these people with a selection of gifts as a way of saying "thank you" for the important work they do.

Then in March, podcast host Kevin T. Porter started a Twitter thread that accused DeGeneres of being "notoriously one of the meanest people alive".

She added: "I'm still on them, I find the relaxers helpful".

We're glad to hear Ellen is doing better!

What most people don't know is that on the day the show was slated to film its final segment, the group waiting to be honored was ready online, and the show was about to go live.

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