CNN’s Jake Tapper was tested for COVID and still taped the show: report

CNN host Jake Tapper filmed an episode of his prime-time show on the cable news network earlier this month after testing positive for COVID — leaving staff furious, according to a report.

Tapper tested positive for the virus at the network’s DC office just before his 4pm show on May 9, but he didn’t rush home immediately after the diagnosis, two people familiar with the situation told The Daily’s media newsletter Confider beast

The late departure upset some colleagues.

“This came in the same week that the country mourned the millionth death from COVID that Jake covered on his show,” a staffer told Confider.

Tapper, who can be touchy about the coverage of him and CNN, had the network’s PR team “intervene” with media outlets that asked about it, Confider wrote.

A CNN flack insisted Confider Tapper was following protocol.

“Testing is voluntary to enter our offices. Entering the studios is mandatory. He was testing just before his show,” a spokesman said, according to Confider. “When he was informed of the positive result, he asked CNN executives what to do, and then followed it to the letter – he double-masked and double-isolated, did the show solo in a flash studio (closed room for one person ) and went home right after.”

A COVID-19 rapid test swab is processed Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
A CNN spokesman insisted Tapper was following protocols despite testing positive for the virus.
Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP

The CNN spokesperson also told Confider, “Every member of the lead team was notified during their pre-show call that day. Jake had direct contact with only a few others who were also notified.”

Tapper was tagged in by Dana Bash the following day, but returned to his show from a home studio a day later, according to Confider. CNN’s Jake Tapper was tested for COVID and still taped the show: report


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