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Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Ellen DeGeneres has tested positive for COVID-19, and production on her talk show will be paused until January.

“Hi Everyone, I want to let you all 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,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.

“I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe,” she added. A Telepictures spokesperson confirmed to Variety that production will be halted until January.

The shutdown comes as “Ellen” ratings were on a roll thanks to the show’s annual “12 Days of Giveaways” series. The show hit its highest rating since May during the week ending Nov. 29.

Season 18 of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” premiered on Sept. 21 after months of controversy involving an internal investigation after allegations of racism, sexual misconduct and other workplace problems. Three top producers were fired in August. During the pandemic shutdown in the spring, “Ellen Show” staffers raised complaints about poor communication, pay reductions and mistreatment.