Ellen DeGeneres is hosting shows this week from a hospital bed on the stage – doctor’s orders after injuring her back over the weekend.
The host of the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show said during Monday’s taping she was placed on bed rest after she hurt herself Sunday when she leaned over to pick up her dog in her kitchen.
“I felt a tear,” said DeGeneres, 49, in the show with guest Ryan Seacrest airing Tuesday. “I tore a ligament and did something to something else. That’s what happened and they said that I’m not able to sit, to move or to do anything.”
She joked: “This is not a sweeps stunt or anything like that. This is not like what Regis (Philbin) did – that whole bypass surgery.”
While lying in her adjustable bed, DeGeneres also introduced to the audience her doctor, Fred Lerner, and the emergency room technician who treated her, Frankie Conrad.
After the show with Seacrest, DeGeneres arranged to tape a second program Monday with guest Lindsay Lohan to air Wednesday.
Because she can’t travel, DeGeneres postponed a much-promoted show aboard an airplane from Los Angeles to New York that was to tape Thursday. She also canceled a May 5 trip to Chicago for a Make-a-Wish Foundation charity event
Her injury was first reported by TMZ.com.