ELLEN DeGeneres returned to her daytime talk show following her Covid diagnosis.
The host joked after she tested positive her staff "ran away" and her wife Portia "kicked her out of bed"
Ellen told her audience: "Obviously there's a lot of negative things going on, so I want to talk about something positive, my COVID test. I'm fine now, I'm all good. Everything's clear."
She recalled how she found out she tested positive saying: "I was getting ready to tape the show that you were going to be here for, and I was in hair and makeup, getting my face powdered and my extensions put in and then my assistant, Craig, walks in and says, 'You've 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.
"I left the studio immediately and our COVID safety team informed everyone that I had been in contact with. They told Andy Lassner, and when he heard he literally ran at full speed off the lot, which is amazing, I didn't realize that you could run, Andy. I thought it was just the slow walking. I had to quarantine, and Portia made me sleep in a different room on a different bed because she wanted the race car bed all to herself."
Ellen also recounted her symptoms from the virus: "It's the only symptom I had. I didn't have a headache. I didn't have a fever," she says, before joking, "I didn't lose my sense of taste, although I did wear Crocs with socks for a day, so you be the judge."
"The weird thing is, I don't know where I got it. I still don't know where I got it. I wear a mask. I wash my hands. I only licked three or four door handles. It's a mystery to me."
The 62-year-old was recently spotted picking up home goods from Garde in Montecito, CA.
Late last month Ellen was seen out for the first time and without a mask since recovering from her "excruciating" battle with Covid-19.
The 62-year-old wore baggy gray pants, a button-up shirt and slipper sandals during the outing.
She also sported a patterned mask, but it was hanging around her neck and not on her face.
Earlier in December, Ellen revealed she tested positive for the virus writing: "I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19.
"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."
"I'll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe."
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