Ellen DeGeneres Has COVID

Production on the controversial The Ellen DeGeneres Show has grinded to a halt as its host Ellen DeGeneres has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Hi everyone. I want to let you all know that I tested positive for COVID-19,” DeGeneres announced on Twitter today.

“Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all the proper CDC guidelines.

“I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe.”

Variety reports production on The Ellen DeGeneres Show will stop until January.

It comes after one of the show’s producers revealed that they were struggling to attract A-list celebrity guests and advertisers following reports of a “toxic” culture on set.

“I wouldn’t set up anyone on her show right now to do anything that could possibly cause them more negative headlines,” a publicist for the program told Buzzfeed.

“You have to tread so carefully with your clients and your clients’ reputations, so you don’t want to put your client in any line of fire sympathising with someone that any community or anyone would feel bad about.

“We’re not going to align anyone with Ellen,” the publicist said.

Another publicist added, “The feedback we’ve been getting is that Ellen is no longer a first choice for talent,” with famous folk favouring other talk shows like The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Drew Barrymore Show.

Following the controversy, Ellen DeGeneres kicked off Season 18 of the show with a lengthy monologue, in which she addressed the whole ordeal.

“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation,” she said. “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”

Although Ellen was never personally accused of any alleged misconduct, she has taken responsibility for what happened.

“I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes great responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is the Ellen DeGeneres show, I am Ellen DeGeneres,” she said.

“We have made the necessary changes and today, we are starting a new chapter.”