Ellen DeGeneres returns to her daytime talk show for the first time in 2021 after battling the coronavirus, according to Fox News.
DeGeneres wishes viewers a “Happy New Year” and discussed what her experience with COVID-19 was like.
“Obviously there are a lot of negative things going on so instead I want to talk about something postiive: my COVID test. So I tested positive before the holidays. I’m fine now, everything’s good. I’m all clear. I want to thank everyone who reached out with kind words of support. I wish I could have hugged every one of you. That would have been dangerous and illegal probably,” DeGeneres laughs.
“So alright this is what happened you guys. I was getting ready to tape the show that you were going to be here for. I was in hair and makeup and getting my face powdered and my extensions put in. Then my assistant Craig walks in and says, ‘You 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. Anyway, I left the studio immediately and our COVID safety team informed everyone I had been in contact with,” she explains.
Her executive producer “literally ran in full speed off the lot” after he was told of her positive test result.
“Portia made me sleep in a different room on a different bed because she wanted the racecar bed all to herself,” DeGeneres quips.
“I woke up with back spasms. I thought I had pulled a muscle or slept weird because I was in a different bed. It just persisted. The doctor put me on pain pills and muscle relaxers – jackpot! Finally this thing is paying off,” she says.
“It felt like I cracked a rib,” she admits.
“Here’s the thing about steroids: They make you really speedy and really edgy so the best thing to do I decided was to stay on the muscle relaxers and pain pills with the steroid pack to balance it out. I don’t know if that’s the best way. I’m not a doctor but that’s what I did,” she continues.
“I’m not saying if you have back pain you have COVID but it is a symptom. It’s the only symptom I had. 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 for a day so you be the judge,” she adds.
“I wear a mask, I wash my hands, I only licked three or four door handles, so it’s a mystery to me how that would happen,” she jokes, along with a message to those who are still suffering from the illness. “My heart goes out to all of them as always. I hope this show will give you some joy, brighten your day.”