Carrie Ann Inaba, Ellen DeGeneres Test Positive for COVID-19

Both Carrie Ann Inaba and Ellen Degeneres announced on Thursday (Dec 10) that they tested positive for COVID-19.

Carrie Ann, a Dancing with the Stars judge and co-host of CBS’s The Talk, ended the DWTS season a little over a week ago.

She posted the news to Instagram, telling her fans that she has a faver, cough aches and pains. “I have been in a very safe environment following all the guidelines and safety protocols and it still found its way to me. So, this is a friendly reminder to be extra careful this holiday season,” she posted.

Carrie Ann said she’s taking care of herself so “you don’t have to worry about me.” She added, “Wear your masks, socially and physically keep your distance, and wash your hands. Take care everyone. And I’ll keep you updated on my journey.” She couldn’t get through the announcement without coughing.



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Meanwhile, Ellen Degeneres is shutting down her talk show for the rest of the year after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19,” DeGeneres posted on Twitter. “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 added, “I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe.”

Deadline reports that she informed the show’s staff of her diagnosis in a letter. An Ellen Show spokesperson told the outlet the show finished its most recent taping on Tuesday. Production on this season’s few remaining episodes will resume in January.

The afternoon talker brought back its live studio audience in October, with a limited number of live viewers on set. “You’re spaced six feet apart,” Ellen told the season’s first studio audience. “We’ve got as many of you in here as possible and please when you dance, try not to drift.”

Ellen has had quite the year, addressing charges of a toxic workplace in September. Former staffers accused Ellen of fostering racist, sexist and abusive atmosphere on set.

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