There will not be late 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 thick of it, and we’re crossing another grim milestone this week: One million deaths from COVID in the United States Y six million worldwide. And that’s just reported deaths.
A good reminder of just how serious COVID-19 remains is that celebrities continue to get infected, too.. There was a outbreak at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last week. Just today, Bill Gates announced that he contracted the virus. Speaking of nothing: it’s never too late to get vaccinated and boosted so that, like them, your chances of a minor case are higher. But even minor cases can be quite serious and can result in prolonged COVID, so yeah, maybe wearing a mask in crowds isn’t a bad idea either.
Another reminder you can see: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is on temporary hiatus because Colbert tested positive again. “Stephen is experiencing symptoms consistent with a recurrence of COVID,” the late show Twitter account posted yesterday. “Out of an abundance of caution for your staff, guests and audience, you will be self-isolating 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 the past few weeks. For the hollywood reporter, tested positive on April 21. “Yes! I tested positive for Covid, but basically I feel good, grateful that I waxed and boosted”, colbert tweeted. “Thank you for the well wishes. This just proves that I will do anything to avoid interviewing Jason Bateman.”
Shortly after, the Grammy winner and late show orchestra director John Batista also tested positive, as did Colbert’s fellow overnight hosts. Seth Meyers, James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel recently tested positive. It’s almost as if putting on an indoor show where a crowd of people laugh directly at you is still a bit dangerous, and maybe having some easy-to-follow rules for the benefit of public safety is a good thing.
We wish Colbert and his late-night compatriots a speedy recovery. Everyone else, stay safe.