"This is like being in jail. It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for ten days and everyone in here is gay."

By Kimberly Truong
Updated Apr 07, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
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Ellen DeGeneres is officially back on air from home after putting her show on pause due to coronavirus concern. Unfortunately, the anticipated return to her talk show included a joke that isn't sitting well with some people.

On Monday, she came back to her show's afternoon time slot in an appearance filmed from her home, and referenced the self-isolation she's been undergoing to keep safe from the pandemic.

"This is like being in jail, is what it is," she said. "It's mostly because I've been wearing the same clothes for ten days and everyone in here is gay."

"The jokes that I have," she laughed.

The joke garnered plenty of backlash as people pointed out the dangerous conditions and surging cases of coronavirus within jails across the country.

A rep for The Ellen DeGeneres Show did not immediately respond to InStyle's request for comment.

In light of the pandemic, some jails are releasing people to stem outbreaks, though some critics told New York Times this isn't happening quickly enough to prevent deaths. A doctor at Rikers Island in New York called the jail a "public health disaster unfolding before our eyes."