Actress Vivica A. Fox pulled out of hosting E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards,” after finding out that she tested positive for the coronavirus. On Sunday, Sept. 20, she was set to host the pre-show for the awards, but sent a message during the show to reveal that she would be quarantining instead.
“I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight” she said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home. 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.
Fox added, “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!”
Fox was to be joined by Guiliana Rancic in co-host duties for the pre-show, but Rancic found out that she too has tested positive for COVID-19. Rancic took to her Instagram on Sunday to offer a statement.
She said, “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 said in a statement. “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 went on to explain that both her son, Duke, and her husband, Bill, also tested positive for coronavirus but that they are “all doing well” and “taking care of each other.”
ABC’s 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards was held virtually on Sept. 20.