Late Show Interrupted Following Stephen Colbert’s COVID ‘Recurrence’

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There will not be Last show for the second day in a row thanks to COVID. How can this be? Why is the pandemic not over? Despite what you’ve heard, we’re still in the middle of this case and taking another sinister milestone this week: One million COVID deaths in America and six million worldwide. And those are just reported deaths.

A good reminder of the seriousness of COVID-19 is that celebrities also continue to be infected.. There was a outbreak at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last week. Just today, Bill Gates announced he had contracted the virus. By the way: It’s never too late to get vaccinated and boosted so that, like them, your chances of having a minor case are higher. But even minor cases can be quite severe and can lead to long COVID, so yeah, maybe a mask in the crowd wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Another reminder you can actually see: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is on temporary hiatus as Colbert tested positive again. “Stephen is experiencing symptoms consistent with a recurrence of COVID,” The late show Twitter account published yesterday. “Out of an abundance of caution for his staff, guests and audience, he will self-isolate for a few more days. As a result, the Late Show will not be recording new episodes until further notice.

Colbert has been struggling with COVID for a few weeks. By The Hollywood Reporter, he tested positive on April 21. “Yeah! I tested positive for Covid, but basically I feel great – grateful to be vaxxed and boosted,” Colbert tweeted. “Thank you for the well wishes. It just proves that I will do anything to avoid interviewing Jason Bateman.

Soon after, Grammy winner and Last show conductor Jon Batiste also tested positive, as did Colbert’s other late-night hosts. Seth Meyers, James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel have all tested positive recently. It’s almost as if having a show indoors where a crowd of people are directly laughing at you is always a bit dangerous, and maybe having some easy-to-follow rules in place for the benefit of public safety was a good thing.

We wish Colbert and his late night compatriots a speedy recovery. Everyone else, stay safe.

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