Ellen DeGeneres Gets Candid About Her Covid-19 Experience

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2021

Ellen DeGeneres returned to television on January 13 and used the opening monologue of " Ellen" to explain how she learned about her positive Covid-19 diagnosis on set, which caused production on the daytime show to halt.

According to Principal Meghan Boriskin, in mid-December, as the holiday season approached, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was in the midst of filming and airing its annual "12 Days of Christmas" special.

"Obviously there are a lot of negative things going on, so instead I want to talk about something positive - my COVID test...it was positive", Ellen started.

"I learned that things happened here that never should have happened", she told her audience during her season premiere. But in the end, it wasn't DeGeneres' attitude that caused her staff to run out on her. "I wish I could have hugged each and everyone one of ya, but that's risky and illegal, probably".

The Ellen DeGeneres Show returned on Wednesday - more than a month after the host fell ill with COVID-19.

"I was getting ready to tape the show".

DeGeneres said she left the studio immediately and everybody she had been in contact with was informed. I had to quarantine.

"I had to quarantine, and Portia made me sleep in a different room on a different bed because she wanted the race auto bed all to herself", Ellen joked.

She said: "So for the first three days I slept for 16 hours a day, then the fourth day I woke up with back spasms so thought I'd pulled a muscle or slept amusing. And then on the fourth day, I woke up with back spasms, and I thought I had pulled a muscle or had slept weird because I was in a different bed", Ellen shared. "It just persisted and the doctor put me on pain pills and muscle relaxers - jackpot, finally this thing is paying off!"

DeGeneres said the back pain got worse until "it felt like I had cracked a rib".

"Hi everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19", she wrote.

After talking to other people, Ellen discovered that back pain is a symptom of COVID, and it was the only symptom she had throughout her battle.

DeGeneres said back pain was her only symptom, however, noting that she didn't have a fever or headache and didn't lose her sense of taste. "Although I did wear Crocs with socks" while she was sick, she quipped. "I started to feel better, and I'm very fortunate and very, very blessed that that was it for me", she said. "They told [executive producer] Andy Lassner and he ran at full speed off the lot, which is unbelievable - I didn't realise you could run".

Ellen said she didn't know how she picked up the illness because she had worn a mask and washed her hands.

Each year, the show recognizes people that make life better. "My heart goes out to all of them", she said.

Prior to testing positive, DeGeneres had interviewed several guests in person. There have been more than 2.8 million cases in the state with more than 31,000 deaths.

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