With the 2020 Emmy Awards going with a virtual telecast due to the pandemic, it’s now been revealed two co-hosts of E!’s pre-show have tested positive for COVID-19.
Longtime E! correspondent Giuliana Rancic and actress Vivica A. Fox were set to be part of the network’s Sunday night coverage and were forced to bow out of the gig due to contracting the novel virus, reported The Wrap.
Rancic appeared remotely during the pre-show telecast to announce her diagnosis.
"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, but unfortunately, this year is just so different," Rancic began in a video. "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'm very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I'm thankful."
She added, "As far as my health, I'm doing well. My husband Bill and our son also did test positive, but 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 and please protect yourselves and protect those around you. Take good care and I'll see you on the next red carpet."
Meanwhile, Fox revealed her positive diagnosis in a written statement.
Co-host Brad Goreski read Fox’s statement during the telecast.
"I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight! Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home," the statement read.
"During these unprecedented times, it's more important than ever that we follow all safety and health rules and guidelines to protect ourselves and each other. I'm sending my very best to Nina and Brad, who I know will hold down the fort, and congratulations to all tonight's nominees! I look forward to seeing everyone again soon!"
While most of the presenters and winners will appear remotely, Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the award show from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 2020 Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8pm ET on ABC. Follow live coverage the night of the event on RADIO.COM.