A talk show host who featured Hillary Clinton on his show recently has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Andy Cohen revealed the diagnosis in an Instagram post on Friday, roughly two weeks after Clinton appeared on his show Watch What Happens Live, the Independent reported. The show will be suspended while Cohen is in quarantine, the host said.
Hillary exposed to COVID-19?
In recent days, Clinton has been publicly fantasizing about what she would have done to manage the COVID-19 outbreak if she had won the 2016 election. But in between bashing Trump on Twitter, the failed presidential candidate has continued her seemingly endless post-election loss media/grievance tour.
Clinton appeared on Cohen’s show in an early March episode to promote her new Hulu documentary, Hillary, The Washington Post reported. The Democrat was received with the expected media deference, albeit in the strange form of drag queens dressed up as Clinton from different periods of her life. While there, the former first lady also bashed Melania Trump’s campaign against cyberbullying and did a “shotski” with Cohen and a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, the Daily Mail notes.
Roughly two weeks after the episode aired, Cohen announced on Instagram that his show was being temporarily canceled because he had contracted the coronavirus.
“As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do [the show] from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better,” Cohen announced in his Instagram post Friday. “I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”
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After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus. As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.
Celebrities catch the coronavirus
Hillary Clinton has continually been followed by speculation of presidential ambitions, thanks in large part to her vocal criticisms of Trump and persistent media presence. She has even earned some weepy “what if” tributes from pundits during the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Democrats’ presumed frontrunner to face Donald Trump this November, Joe Biden, has had some difficulty getting public attention during the coronavirus emergency, as the Wall Street Journal notes. President Donald Trump, for his part, has tested negative for the virus.
As the pandemic brings society to a halt, its apparently high prevalence of positive diagnoses among celebrities has led to some speculation that the rich and famous have access to testing that ordinary people do not. Cohen — whose last episode was shot on March 12, according to Variety — is just the latest celebrity to test positive for the virus; others include actor Tom Hanks, his wife and fellow actor Rita Wilson, and actor Idris Elba.
The deadly virus has now killed hundreds of Americans and infected thousands, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Was Hillary Clinton exposed, too?