Ellen DeGeneres is the latest big name to test positive for COVID-19. Her TV show has halted production until January. USA TODAY

Ellen DeGeneres was backstage at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” when she learned she had tested positive for COVID-19, she revealed Wednesday in her first episode back after contracting the virus last month. 

“Obviously there are a lot of negative things going on, so I wanted to talk about something positive: my COVID test,” said DeGeneres in a clip from the episode, addressing a virtual audience that was originally supposed to attend the show she canceled in December after receiving a positive test. 

DeGeneres, 62, was backstage in hair and makeup when her assistant walked in

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