“Good Morning America” star George Stephanopoulos announced on Monday that he’s been officially diagnosed with COVID-19.
“I’m one of those cases that are basically asymptomatic. I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath. I’m feeling great,” Stephanopoulos told his GMA colleagues.
Media stars aren’t immune
The longtime ABC contributor’s wife, Ali Wentworth shared on Instagram that she had been diagnosed with coronavirus on April 1, so Stephanopoulos said it was “no surprise” that he contracted the illness as well.
Stephanopoulos shared an update on his wife’s condition at the same time as his diagnosis, revealing that she is “much, much better.”
“She’s going on her fifth day now with no fever, which is really a great sign,” Stephanopoulos said of his wife of nearly 20 years. “Slowly getting out of bed a little bit more each day, so really happy about that.”
Stephanopoulos served as White House communications director and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton before joining ABC as a political analyst after Clinton’s first term.
GMA takes a major hit
ABC’s “Good Morning America” is filmed in a New York City studio, the heart of the US’s coronavirus outbreak, and the show has experienced several tragic losses due to the virus ravaging the city.
GMA co-host Robin Roberts revealed on Monday that longtime producer Thea Trachtenberg had succumbed to the virus on Sunday at 51 years old.
Trachtenberg was a producer for the show for 20 years and was a two-time cancer survivor. Roberts memorialized her during Monday’s show, saying the cast “really, really loved her and that’s what we should remember. Boy, she had a big heart, oof.”
Stephanopoulos said the producer a “force on this show and a mentor to so many on our staff and a colleague and friend with a biting wit, skeptical eye and a very big heart.”
“She was such an amazing human being. I worked with her on all my big shoots. She was an incredibly competent and fearless producer.”
The network also announced last week that GMA cameraman Tony Greer had also died from complications of COVID-19.