- The Ellen Show will break early and resume in January 2021 after the host, Ellen Degeneres, tested positive for COVID-19
- The episode on Thursday, December 10, marked the final day of her popular '12 Days of Giveaways'
- The diagnosis comes only a day after the show was said to be struggling following claims of workplace malpractices
Daytime TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres announced on Thursday, December 10, that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
DeGeneres also revealed that close contacts had already been informed and followed all proper CDC guidelines.
A Telepictures spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that production on The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be paused until January 2021, following the news.
Her message read:
'Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, I am feeling fine right now,' said DeGeneres in a statement posted on Twitter.
"Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. I'll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay safe and healthy."
Although the 62-year-old normally records The Ellen Show episodes at least a day in advance, the show on Thursday afternoon was a re-run of an episode that first aired on October 15.
It meant the cancellation of the well-known '12 Days of Giveaways' holiday promotional sequence of DeGeneres' final day which usually attracts major sponsors and high ratings.
A promo that aired during the re-run teased the return of the 'tomorrow' day of giveaways, indicating that Friday could air any version of the final day.
The announcement comes just one day after a scathing article saying that the series was failing.
The new story, released on Wednesday night, revealed that after the summer story on the workplace culture of the show, it was floundering in its attempts to book top-tier talent and is losing advertisers.
In addition, the story stated that the ratings of The Ellen DeGeneres Show had decreased by 37% from the previous season.
So far this season, the show has had 1.65 million regular viewers and is the Number 3 syndicated talk show behind Live With Kelly and Ryan and Dr. Phil.
Legit.ng previously reported the talk show host's recent controversies are believed to have led some of her top celebrity pals to desert her.
Ellen is one of the most admired women in show business and her multi-billion shillings brand has always been driven on the 'wheels' of kindness.
However, all this has been put into question after an investigation was opened due to many accusations from former and current employees about bullying and a lot of toxicity at the working place.
DeGeneres later acknowledged that mistakes were made on her show and wanted everything to start afresh.
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