Prominent comedian Jimmy Kimmel will be taking a hiatus from hosting his late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after testing positive for COVID-19 yet again.
Kimmel tested positive earlier this month and was absent from his show for a few days but eventually returned feeling better than ever after “conquering” the virus.
Unfortunately, the COVID-free bout did not last forever as he recently got diagnosed once more, which he announced via Twitter, where he also revealed his replacements on his show.
Jimmy Kimmel Tests Positive For COVID-19 A Second Time
“I’m such a positive person,” he wrote. “I tested positive AGAIN. I am feeling fine – the great John @Mulaney & Andy Samberg @TheLonelyIsland have graciously agreed to host @JimmyKimmelLive for me tomorrow.”
Fans will definitely miss Kimmel’s unbeatable humor. Still, on the plus side, they will get to see equally talented comedians John Mulaney and Andy Samberg do their magic on the show.
The comedy star’s tweet prompted concern from fans who sent positive healing messages and urged him to take proper care of himself.
Earlier this month when Kimmel tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time, he jokingly hinted that his daughter infected him, but he also assured fans he was feeling good.
Two COVID-19 Diagnosis In One Month
As The Blast recounted, he took to Twitter to share the unfortunate news, apologizing to the guests at the time and appreciating the stand-in host.
He wrote, “Our daughter brought us covid (even though we specifically asked her not to) All feeling fine. I am double vaxxed and boosted, but the show must go on. Apologies to @Tom Cruise & @iliza, and thanks to Mike Birbiglia @birbigs, who’ll be filling in for me starting tomorrow night.”
Kathy Griffin joked under the tweet, saying she had no idea kids were “such hard-core anti-vaxxers” while also wishing he felt better.
Several other fans noted the oddity with which the virus affected people in different ways, which was beyond doubt based on how some inhabitants of a residence may get the virus while others would remain healthy.
Speaking of Kimmel’s substitute Birbiglia, he was more than ready to host the ABC show as he updated his Twitter shortly after Kimmel’s message, confirming his hosting duties.
In his words, “I must be the first person to ever deplane a Southwest Airlines flight and find out they’re guest-hosting a late night talk show. Sending love to the Kimmels. See you on the TV tomorrow, friends. [red heart emoji].”
Supporters congratulated the 43-year-old while also expressing how much they looked forward to seeing him on the show.
The period of Kimmel’s absence was pretty eventful as notable celebrity guests graced the program, which the television star sadly missed.
The likes of Tom Cruise, Iliza Shlesinger, Parquet Courts, Ewan McGregor, Ben Schwartz, the Head and the Heart, Kevin Hart, and Hannah Einbinder all made appearances on the much-loved show.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Producer Overcame First COVID-19 Diagnosis
Kimmel returned to his hosting duties not too long after his initial COVID-19 positive testing, and he opened up about the experience dealing with the virus.
According to The Blast, the ABC star said it was not a challenging period for him as he compared his weariness and headache symptoms to the signs of having children.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 17, 2022
He believed he “deserved” the infection as he had been “obnoxiously pleased with myself that I hadn’t gotten it yet.”
“The Andy Milonakis Show” producer confessed that before his diagnosis, whenever he met people who were COVID positive, he would have the notion that he was “smarter and stronger” than them until he got infected.
His comeback to the show was announced via Twitter, and it was a pretty exciting moment for fans who missed his short absence.
He shared at the time, “With the power of love and my WWE belt, I have conquered COVID. Back with a new @JimmyKimmelLive tonight with @JessicaBiel @GlenPowell & music from @StP_BrokenBones.”
Prior to his return, he received numerous messages while recovering from the infection, and he compared it to a birthday but with a thousand times more notes, which was a lot to reply to.
Kimmel also expressed gratitude to his replacement Birbiglia who he believed did a “fantastic job” during his absence.