Fox star Juan Williams has reportedly been diagnosed with COVID-19, the New York Times first reported on Thursday evening.
Willaims, co-host of Fox’s The Five and one of the network’s few liberal contributors, reportedly received a positive virus test just before his scheduled appearance on the show’s Thursday episode and is now isolating himself, according to sources familiar with his status,
William’s last appearance on The Five was on Wednesday, and the other co-hosts of the show appeared remotely for Thursday’s episode.
The Times reported that Williams returned from a several-week-long vacation on Monday and was tested for the virus soon after returning to the Fox News studio in Manhattan.
According to the Times:
Mr. Williams taped a live episode of “The Five” on Wednesday afternoon at Fox News’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters, appearing on the set with several of his co-hosts, including the popular conservative commentators Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld. The hosts, like guests on some other cable talk shows during the pandemic, sat about seven feet apart.
Fox News has not issued a public confirmation of the report, but the network did confirm that the show will be broadcast from home studios for the “foreseeable future.”
Williams did not isolate himself after returning from vacation and appeared on set with his The Five co-hosts multiple times this week before receiving the results of his COVID-19 test.
Of his current condition, Williams told the Daily Beast on Thursday that “I’m not great but I’m not dying or anything. I’m worried about myself and my family. My wife doesn’t want me to come back to the house right now. On lots of levels it’s concerning.”
“I’m just worried about my health and my family at this juncture,” Williams noted in his interview with the Daily Beast. “You have to guard against vagrant dark thoughts. The thing is what can do for you until things get bad?”