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Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive For the Coronavirus; Show Shut Down Until January

Ellen DeGeneres appears in a Fox television special benefiting pandemic relief in March.
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Ellen DeGeneres appears in a Fox television special benefiting pandemic relief in March.

Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres announced Thursday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been shut down until January.

In a Twitter post, she wrote: " Hi everyone, I wanted to let you 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 all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe."

In a statement sent to NPR on Thursday, a spokesperson for Telepictures, the show's production company owned by Warner Bros., confirmed that production on The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been put on hold until January.

In the last two weeks, in-studio guests on Ellen have included Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Diane Keaton, Bryan Cranston and, on Wednesday, Leslie Odom Jr. — though guests have been distantly seated from DeGeneres. Along with the crew and staff, the show has also allowed a small number of in-studio audience members since late October.

This has already been a tough year for The Ellen DeGeneres Show; in August, three senior producers exited the program after some of the show's leadership was accused of sexual harassment, racism and creating a toxic work environment by 36 former employees. The accusations were published by BuzzFeed News. Two of those producers denied all the allegations to BuzzFeed; a third reportedly didn't respond to requests for comment.

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.