The television personality Giuliana Rancic just shocked her fans by revealing that she’s missing E!’s Emmy Awards 2020 red carpet on Sunday night because she has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Hey everyone, as I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet, I have to say, I do not take missing an award show lightly,” Rancic, 46, said in a pre-recorded message, according to Page Six.
“Unfortunately this year it’s just so different,” she added. “As part of E! and NBCUniversal’s very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19. Now, as much as I didn’t want to hear that, I am very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people, so for that, I’m thankful.”
Rancic went on to say that while she is doing well, both her husband Bill Rancic and their 8 year-old son Edward also tested positive for coronavirus.
“We’re all doing well and taking care of each other, so I’m going to get back to doing that, but I just want to say, I’m wishing you all the best,” she said. “Please protect yourself and protect those around you. Take good care and I will see you on the next red carpet.”
This comes after late night host Jimmy Kimmel admitted that he is dreading hosting the Emmy Awards because “fewer people are watching network television” these days.
“I know everyone will get crazy when I say this, but this will probably be the lowest-rated Emmys of all time,” said Kimmel, 52. “I would bet almost anything on it. Of course it will.”
“It doesn’t mean there aren’t still going to be a lot of people watching,” he added. “I mean, television is the lowest rated it has been. You look at some of the ratings you see in primetime now, I mean, people would be jumping out of buildings if you got ratings like this 10 years ago.”
Kimmel went on to say that there is too much competition in the TV landscape these days, especially with all the streaming services.
“There are so many other things to watch. There’s so much great stuff on TV,” he explained. “To me, it’s never about the ratings, because if that’s what you’re focused on, you’re screwed. For me, it’s just try to make it as good a show as possible from beginning to end. Try to keep the audience with you, and you know, if all that works, it’s great, and if it doesn’t, what are you going to do? Fewer people are watching network television. It’s as simple as that.”