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Ellen DeGeneres says she’s doing ‘good’ amid COVID-19 battle despite having ‘excruciating back pain’

Ellen DeGeneres shared a health update with her 92.3 million Instagram followers on Wednesday afternoon, days after revealing she tested positive for the COVID-19. 

In a new video on her Instagram, the 62-year-old talk show host thanked fans for their ‘well-wishes’ amid her battle with the virus and some of its severe symptoms.

‘I’m feeling 100 percent. I feel really good,’ she assured listeners, before detailing her experience with ‘excruciating back pain,’ which according to WebMD is a common ailment of coronavirus like abdominal pain, headache, body aches and fatigue. 

Ellen DeGeneres shared a health update with her 92.3 million Instagram followers on Wednesday afternoon, days after revealing she tested positive for the COVID-19

While she previously hadn’t heard or seen back pain listed as a COVID symptom, she said ‘other people’ have confirmed they experienced it as well to herl.  

‘Who knew? How come?’ the comedian asked, as she sat on the couch in a grey and white flannel next to one of her pups, before playing a game of Connect Four.  

Last week, the sickened comedian shared a snap of herself curled up with her dog, Wally, in which she looked fatigued as she glanced up at the camera. 

‘Thank you for all of your sweet messages. They’re helping a lot. Wally is helping too.’ DeGeneres captioned the image.

'I'm feeling 100 percent. I feel really good,' she assured listeners, before detailing her experience with ¿excruciating back pain,¿ which according to WebMD is a common ailment of coronavirus like abdominal pain, headache, body aches and fatigue

‘I’m feeling 100 percent. I feel really good,’ she assured listeners, before detailing her experience with ‘excruciating back pain,’ which according to WebMD is a common ailment of coronavirus like abdominal pain, headache, body aches and fatigue

The star appeared to be at home in her Montecito, California mansion and wore striped sweatpants, a black sweater and beanie in the early morning shot.

DeGeneres also used social media to make her announcement on Thursday that she’d fallen victim to the highly contagious virus that has swept the globe over the last nine months.

‘Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now,’ she wrote in a statement posted on Twitter at noon.

‘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 safe and healthy.’ 

'Who knew? How come?' the comedian said of her back pain, as she sat on the couch in a grey and white flannel next to one of her pups, before playing a game of Connect Four.

‘Who knew? How come?’ the comedian said of her back pain, as she sat on the couch in a grey and white flannel next to one of her pups, before playing a game of Connect Four.

Although DeGeneres typically tapes episodes of The Ellen Show at least a day in advance, Thursday afternoon’s show was a re-run of an episode that first ran on October 15.

It meant the cancellation of the final day of DeGeneres’ well-known ’12 Days of Giveaways’ holiday promotional series, which typically draws big sponsors and high ratings.

A promo that aired during the re-run teased the return of giveaways days ‘tomorrow’, suggesting some version of the final day may air on Friday. A spokesperson for the show did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com.  

Resting up: Ellen DeGeneres also gave fans a health update, last week, after revealing she's been diagnosed with COVID-19

Resting up: Ellen DeGeneres also gave fans a health update, last week, after revealing she’s been diagnosed with COVID-19

Last Wednesday afternoon, DeGeneres aired a new episode as scheduled, with in-studio guests including singer Leslie Odom Jr.

Last year, the ’12 Days of Giveaways’ promotion ran later in the season, and DeGeneres broke for the holidays after airing the final day on December 23.

This year, the show is giving its daily gifts to frontline workers, first responders, medical workers, and families hardest impacted by the pandemic.

DeGeneres is seen hosting a recent show. The daytime talk star will be off until after the holidays after saying she tested positive for COVID-19

DeGeneres is seen hosting a recent show. The daytime talk star will be off until after the holidays after saying she tested positive for COVID-19

The host’s coronavirus diagnosis comes just a day after a scathing Buzzfeed News article claimed that she was struggling to attract sponsors and A-list guests for this year’s holiday giveaway series – claims that were hotly disputed by DeGeneres’ camp.

A current employee of The Ellen Show told the outlet that the show’s giveaways segments had floundered in the wake of reports about the show’s ‘toxic’ workplace culture. 

‘In a typical year, ’12 Days of Giveaways’ is huge. We’ve basically claimed Christmas on daytime TV. When you think of Christmas on TV, you think of The Ellen Show,’ the employee said.

DeGeneres posted this statement on social media on Thursday, announcing that she would break early for the holidays after testing positive for COVID-19

DeGeneres posted this statement on social media on Thursday, announcing that she would break early for the holidays after testing positive for COVID-19

‘Everyone wants to be in the audience. Everyone wants the gifts. And so we line up all these crazy sponsors, and people love it. But this year, our ’12 Days’ is more condensed. We don’t have as many sponsors.’

However, a source close to the show strenuously disputed the claims as inaccurate, telling DailyMail.com that the typical ’12 Days of Giveaways’ format, which often focuses on lavish trips and vacations, had to be radically changed due to the realities of the pandemic.

The show’s Season 18 guests have included Matthew McConaughey, Justin Bieber, Jane Fonda, Chance the Rapper, Kristen Bell and Orlando Bloom, among others.

Many guest appearances have been via video link due to the pandemic, but some have also been conducted in-studio. 

DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are seen in a holiday snap from Thanksgiving

DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are seen in a holiday snap from Thanksgiving

The Buzzfeed article also cited a source close to the show who defended the Christmas promotion, saying that vacation giveaways were off the table in the pandemic.

‘There are travel restrictions and she’s giving gifts that are appropriate for the world right now,’ the source said. ‘Maybe it looks and feels differently, but that’s not a reflection on her or the business, but that’s directly impacted by the state of the world and the kind of show that’s being done now.’

DeGeneres was most recently spotted in public on Monday, wearing a face covering as she enjoyed a shopping spree in Montecito, California with a female friend.


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