Seth Meyers cancels shows after testing positive for Covid-19


Top line

Late night comedian Seth Meyers announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from vacation and will cancel the rest of his shows this week, as a growing number of talk show hosts Televisions are temporarily disappearing from the air amid a wave of omicron cases in New York City, where numerous shows are being taped.

Highlights

Meyers tweeted Tuesday that he experiences a revolutionary case of Covid-19 and that he “feels good”, and episodes of Late night with Seth Meyers will come back on Monday.

View Host Joy Behar announced that her co-host Sara Haines was absent from the show on Tuesday because she was in close contact with a positive Covid-19 case and was “staying low”, although she “feels good”.

A day before, Behar announced the host Whoopi goldberg would also miss a few episodes of the daytime talk show this week after testing positive for Covid-19 while on vacation, and said Goldberg is still recovering.

Tonight’s show Host Jimmy Fallon posted on Instagram a photo of himself in an isolation room on Monday, claiming he tested positive for Covid-19 on the first day of vacation, despite having recovered and having resumed recording his show this week.

Tangent

The guests who would have been on the Late night with Seth Meyers this week, actors Paul Giamatti and Judi Dench, and New York Mayor Eric Adams (D).

Key context

The show tonight, late at night and View are filmed in New York City, which has seen a huge surge in coronavirus cases over the holiday season. The seven-day average of confirmed and probable Covid-19 cases in the city stood at 34,295 on Saturday, up 28% from the previous week. Covid-19 cases are also on the rise in the entertainment industry’s other capital, Los Angeles, which has a seven-day average of 19,154 new cases. View got scared of Covid-19 in September when two of its hosts, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, were taken off the air after testing positive for Covid-19, although the tests were later found to be false positive.

Large number

34.72%. That’s the percentage of Covid-19 tests in New York City that came back positive in the past seven days on average.

Further reading

Sara Haines Off ‘The View’ today after close contact with Covid (Deadline)

Seth Meyers tests positive for COVID-19, cancels emissions (Hollywood journalist)



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