Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox were set co-host E!’s Live From the Red Carpet Emmys pre-show, but pulled out of the virtual event because both have tested positive for COVID.
Longtime E! host Giuliana Rancic and special correspondent Vivica A. Fox missed covering the virtual Emmys red carpet show Sunday after both tested positive for COVID-19. They were replaced on the show by Brad Goreski and Nina Parker.
The veteran E! host Rancic, 46, released a video message for the “Live From the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards,” saying her entire family had tested positive for the virus during preliminary testing for the show. She said she, husband Bill, 49, and 8-year-old son, Duke, were recovering at home.
“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.”
Rancic said that her husband Bill and son Duke also tested positive and have been recovering at home.
“My husband Bill and our son [Duke] 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,” Rancic said. “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.”
On her official Instagram page, Rancic said the result came through as she prepared to fly to Los Angeles for the show. “We aren’t the first to get this news and we certainly won’t be the last,” she wrote. “So please continue to follow the safety guidelines to protect yourselves and those around you the best you can. We are all in this together.”
Fox, 56, also announced her absence through a statement read by Goreski.
“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!” the statement said.
During the show, which airing live from the Universal lot, E! co-host Brad Goreski announced that Fox had to skip the event because she was quarantining after testing positive for COVID.
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday on ABC at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.