Ellen DeGeneres learned she had COVID-19 while on 'Ellen' set

Ellen DeGeneres

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"Obviously, there's a lot of negative things going on, so I want to talk about something positive: my COVID test", the comedian joked in a preview for the show. "It's amusing, people just really get scared", the host said of the aftermath. "They ran ... some have not come back since", she joked. "And then everyone around me ran away".

After taking several weeks off her talk show due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in California, the 62-year-old host returned to the studio for the first show of 2021, which aired Wednesday, January 13.

"So I left the studio immediately and our COVID security team had informed everyone that I had had contact", Ellen continued.

DeGeneres then detailed her battle with the virus, noting she slept 16 hours a day for the first three days. It felt like I cracked a rib. the doctors finally put me on a steroid pack, because the other stuff was not working, but here's the thing about steroids: They make you really speedy and really edgy. In the new episode of The Ellen Show, she spoke candidly about those symptoms and the shocking way she found out she had COVID-19.

Eventually, though, DeGeneres said she was able to get treatment for her back pain, and didn't experience any other common coronavirus symptoms like fever, headache, or loss of taste.

"I thought I had pulled a muscle or slept weird because I was in a different bed, but it just persisted", DeGeneres said, noting her doctors prescribed her pain pills and muscle relaxers.

This time, Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue to discuss her COVID-19 diagnosis and revealed the one coronavirus symptom she did not expect and she suffered from the most. "I wish I could have hugged every one of you".

DeGeneres revealed she's "very fortunate" and "very blessed" to have overcome the virus, but noted that it was "weird" that she had no idea where she contracted it. I don't know how I got it, I wear a mask and wash my hands, and only licked three door handles.

"I learned that things happened here that never should have happened", she told her audience during her season premiere. I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power. "To the people struggling with the illness right now my heart goes out to them". "As always, I hope this show will give you some joy, brighten your day", she said. The show and its sponsors shower these people with a selection of gifts as a way of saying "thank you" for the important work they do.

And like that, The Ellen Show is back for 2021, despite the public fallout of its host a year ago - and reports that the show is bleeding advertisers, losing ratings and struggling to get celebrity bookings.

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