Self-isolation means more time to catch up on your favorite daytime TV shows. Or does it? Amid the widespread panic from the new coronavirus, most TV shows have stopped filming, leaving only reruns in their place.
'The Ellen Degeneres Show' is on hold until further notice.
Since COVID-19 has been escalated to a pandemic, almost all daytime and late-night talk shows have been halted, with reruns being shown during their regular run time. And Ellen's show is no exception. The mandatory maximum number of people who can gather in one place is currently 10, and different states are implementing other workplace requirements in their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.
Because of these new restrictions, bringing an entire cast and crew to one location to film a show is unsafe at the moment, which has resulted in the filming for most TV shows being postponed for the time being.
Originally, Ellen had planned to continue to hold her show, only agreeing to film without a live audience.
"I’m taping shows with no audience next week," Ellen tweeted on March 13.
Only five hours later, though, she changed her mind and announced that The Ellen Degeneres Show would be on hold.
"Hey there. Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th," she tweeted. "We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can’t wait to come back. I’m already bored."
With the constantly-changing landscape of life with the coronavirus, it's possible that it will be longer before her show returns. But for now, Ellen and her team are doing what they can to stay safe.
Ellen's been updating us about her self-isolation on her Twitter.
Everyone is bored out of their minds spending more time at home than normal, and Ellen is no exception. In a slight comedic relief from the panic on our timelines, Ellen shared with us what she's been up to while self-isolating. First on her list: a 4,000-piece puzzle.
"I'm bored. I'm sure everybody's bored," she starts her first video. "So, I remembered I have a 4,000-piece puzzle... So this is what I'm going to do to keep busy. And it's going to keep me busy for at least an hour."
She continues to share updates on her puzzle-building adventure, including losing (and then finding) one of the thousands of pieces. But in the end, Ellen realizes she cannot fit all of the pieces on her table, so she's not going to continue to try to complete the puzzle.
"What I realized," she says, gesturing to the thousands of pieces she's already turned face-up on her table, "is 4,000 pieces is ridiculous. I don't have a table big enough — who does?... I'm not going to do it, because I'm not stupid."
Ellen has also attempted some unsuccessful magic card tricks to keep herself busy during her self-isolation.
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