The Ellen DeGeneres Show is delaying its return to production amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and will continue to air repeat episodes next week.
The unionized daytime speaker ceased production on December 10 and began airing recall episodes after DeGeneres announced she had tested positive for COVID-19. DeGeneres tweeted at the time that she “felt good” and was isolating herself according to CDC guidelines.
Ellen had planned to resume with new episodes on Monday January 4, and has now pushed that comeback for a week until Monday January 11. and producers will work from home. No cases have been reported among Ellen Staff.
The show, produced by Telepictures, brought audiences back to the studio in October, with a limited number of live viewers on set. “You’re six feet apart,” DeGeneres told the season’s first studio audience. “We have as many of you as possible here and please when you dance try not to drift.
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health also called for another production halt earlier this week due to the spike in cases.
“While music, television and film productions are permitted, we ask that you seriously consider taking a break from work for a few weeks during this catastrophic spike in COVID cases. Identify and delay high-risk activities and focus on low-risk work for now, if possible, ”according to the ministry’s letter, which was made public by FilmLA.