The TV host spoke about her time in quarantine.
Back in December, television personality Ellen DeGeneres announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19, and would be taking a break from working until she’s better. After a few weeks in isolation, both from her show and her wife, Portia de Rossi, Ellen’s feeling better now, and is ready to get back to work in time for tonight’s show.
Speaking of tonight’s show, in an early preview for the new episode posted to the show’s official YouTube channel, Ellen went over some of the finer points of her diagnosis and quarantine, all while doing her best to stay upbeat about it.
“Obviously there’s a lot of negative things going on, so I want to talk about something positive, my Covid test,” she joked, adding, “I’m fine now, I’m all good. Everything’s clear.”
“I was getting ready to tape the show that you were going to be here for, and I was in hair and makeup, getting my face powdered and my extensions put in and then my assistant, Craig, walks in and says, ‘You’ve tested positive for Covid. And then everyone around me ran away. It’s funny, people just really get scared. Some have not come back since.”
“I had to quarantine, and Portia made me sleep in a different room on a different bed because she wanted the race car bed all to herself,” she said.
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In regards to her symptoms, the only one she experienced was severe back pain, which, in Ellen’s own words, “felt like I’d cracked a rib.”
“It’s the only symptom I had,” she said. “I didn’t have a headache. I didn’t have a fever. I didn’t lose my sense of taste, although I did wear Crocs with socks for a day, so you be the judge.”
Finally, Ellen addressed where she contracted the virus from. Or rather, her lack of knowledge of where she contracted the virus from. “The weird thing is, I don’t know where I got it. I still don’t know where I got it. I wear a mask. I wash my hands. I only licked three or four door handles. It’s a mystery to me,” she said.
Tonight’s show is on schedule, though the audience will not be attending in person.