Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres announced she tested positive for the coronavirus and is adhering to public health recommendations following the diagnosis.
DeGeneres, whose show has been the center of toxic workplace allegations this year, issued a brief statement to fans on social media informing them that she has Covid-19. The 62-year-old comedian was recently on her set filming for Season 18 of “The Ellen Show.”
“Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now,” DeGeneres said. “Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 10, 2020
“The Ellen Show” has halted production until January and will air repeats until the new year, according to a spokesperson for Telepictures.
“The Ellen Show” made headlines earlier this year for allegations of a toxic work environment which prompted an internal investigation by Warner Bros. It’s unclear if that investigation has been concluded.
Variety reported in April that some crew on the show were upset about their alleged treatment by top producers amid the coronavirus pandemic, including over what they said was a lack of communication about pay and working hours. BuzzFeed News then reported that former employees and one current employee alleged a toxic atmosphere at odds with the show’s motto, “Be kind to one another.” NBC News has not independently verified the allegations.