- The Ellen DeGeneres 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 malpractice
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.
"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," she added.
Although the 62-year-old normally records The Ellen DeGeneres 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 three syndicated talk show behind Live With Kelly and Ryan and Dr Phil.
Briefly.co.za also reported that a video of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng praying for the nation amid the second wave of infections recently went viral. South Africans have now taken to social media to express their thoughts through #ChiefJustive.
The general consensus online seems to be a positive one. Many SAns are showing support for the Chief Justice and stating that he is brave for openly expressing his religious views. SAns are praising Mogoeng for being a "true leader".
Responding to the prayer: @YOLO_4_real said:
"I have so much respect for this man of God. I wish he could be our president. There's absolutely nothing wrong with his prayer. Pray, man of God, pray for South Africa. #HandsOffMogoengMogoeng #ChiefJustice"
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!