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Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive For COVID-19

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The latest celebrity to test positive for the coronavirus is daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. She revealed the diagnosis on Thursday.

Ellen shared via social media and in a statement:  “Hi everyone, 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. Love, Ellen.”

DeGeneres did not give any further information on how her diagnosis will affect new episodes and production of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has been up and running in its new season without an in-studio audience.

2020 has not been a banner year for DeGeneres, who has been under fire after allegations came to light of abuse in the workplace which led to several key producers being let-go from the show.

In addition, according to a BuzzFeed News report, the show is losing advertisers, key bookings and viewers since all of the backstage turmoil came to light.

So, have you been watching the new season or ‘Ellen’ or did you check out after the backstage fallout this past summer? Surprised to learn that Ellen had now joined the ranks of other celebrities who have come down with Covid-19? Comment below.

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Jacob Young Joins Cast of ‘The Walking Dead’ For Its Final Season

Daytime alum, Jacob Young (Ex-All My Children, The Bold and The Beautiful and General Hospital) has landed a role on the upcoming final season of the hit series, The Walking Dead.

According to Deadline: Young will play the role of Deaver.  However, details on who Deaver is, or may be related to, are being kept under wraps.

The upcoming AMC series final season will include a 24-episode order and it is set to premiere on August 22.

Jacob took to Twitter once the casting announcement was made and shared: “Beyond excited to be apart of such amazing and long running franchise!”

Young has won a Daytime Emmy for his role as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and has also recently been hosting and producing his own podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young.  You can listen to the episodes here.

So looking forward to seeing Jacob in his new role on The Walking Dead? Comment below.

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‘Hollyoaks’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Casualty’ Receive BAFTA TV Award Nominations in Soap and Continuing Drama Category

The nominations have been announced for Britain’s the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards, and while dramas, Small Axe and The Crown, nabbed the most nominations with 15 and 10 each respectively, there was also a soap opera and continuing drama category which saw many beloved favorites from across the pond scoring a nomination.

The BAFTA TV awards ceremony are set to take place June 6 on BBCOne and BBC One HD, while the craft awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on May 24.

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In the Soap and Continuing Drama category the nominees are:

CASUALTY Simon Harper, Loretta Preece, Sarah Beeson, Jenny Thompson – BBC Studios/BBC One
CORONATION STREET Production Team – ITV Studios/ITV
EASTENDERS Jon Sen, Kate Oates, Sharon Batten, Liza Mellody – BBC Studios/BBC One
HOLLYOAKS Bryan Kirkwood, Hannah Sowden, Josie Day, Gary Sewell, Colette Chard – Lime Pictures/Channel 4

View the entire list of nominations here.

Now let us know, which soap are you rooting for to take home this year’s BAFTA TV Award? Comment below.

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Carrie Ann Inaba Takes Leave of Absence from ‘The Talk’

In a surprising announcement on Monday, Carrie Ann Inaba has revealed that she will be stepping away from her co-hosting duties on The Talk for now by taking a leave of absence to concentrate on her health and well-being.

This was also echoed by The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood who let viewers know of the change and Inaba’s exit for now with the series.

In a post on her Instagram, Inaba shared: “I have decided to take a leave of absence from @TheTalkCBS to focus on my health and well being. I appreciate the support from you and my family at The Talk and hope to be back soon!”  Then in a follow-up post, Carrie Ann added: “I appreciate your support. I appreciate the love and support for The Talk family and I hope to be back soon. Take care and I’ll keep you updated.”

Underwood expressed: “We’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her well-being. She appreciates the support from all her fans and her family at ‘The Talk.’ We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon.”

Inaba’s departure for the moment comes on the heels of Sharon Osbourne departing the series for good, following the controversy that arose with remarks Osbourne made to Underwood on the March 10th episode of the afternoon series.

No word yet on who will replace Inaba temporarily.

So, what do you think of Carrie Ann’s decision to take a leave of absence? Comment below.

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