Harry Shum Jr’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Appearance Now Listed For January 15 (Update)

“Ellen” is finally set to return to production.

Solomon "Sol" Chau (Harry Shum Jr) and Jenn Carter (Jessica Rothe) in "All My Life," directed by Marc Meyers | Photo Credit: Patti Perret/Universal Pictures

Update 2: Harry Shum, Jr’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” appearance appears to be back on for January 15.

According to the official website, the episode will also feature guest host Stephen “tWitch” Boss and a chat with Jessica Alba.


Update: A planned “Ellen DeGeneres Show” episode featuring guest host Stephen “tWitch” Boss and interview guest Harry Shum Jr may have been delayed for a third time.

Originally set to air in mid-December, the episode was postponed in the wake of DeGeneres’ COVID-19 diagnosis. The episode was rescheduled for January 8, but Los Angeles’ rising COVID numbers prevented the show from returning to production until the week of January 11.

With the return to production confirmed, “Ellen” listed January 15 as the new date for the Harry Shum episode.

Based on a new update, it looks like there may be another delay. According to the official website, the episodes that were announced for this week have all been pushed back by a day. Since the Shum episode was set for Friday, it is no longer listed for this week.

TV provider listings still advertise Shum for January 15, but given the website update and recent history with lineup changes, there is definitely reason to worry that the episode has been further delayed. The website does not, as of press time, reveal when the Shum episode will finally air.


In the wake of the titular host’s COVID-19 diagnosis, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” embarked on its holiday hiatus more than a week ahead of schedule. That meant that some episodes, including a planned December 18 broadcast with Harry Shum Jr, were delayed.

“Ellen” was initially set to make its return during the week of January 4, with said Harry Shum Jr episode airing on January 8. That return to production too ended up being delayed, however, amid growing COVID concerns in Los Angeles County.

Friday, news broke that the show would finally be returning to production this coming week. Due to the ongoing COVID concerns, production will feature an entirely virtual audience and reduced on-site staff.

Four original episodes will air this week, with the aforementioned Shum Jr broadcast set for January 15. Stephen “tWitch” Boss will appear as guest host.

The official “Ellen” website also lists Jessica Alba (who was part of the original lineup back in December), but she does not appear in TV provider listings. Stay tuned for updates.

Other upcoming “Ellen” lineups follow:

January 12 – Pharrell, Dr. Sanjay Gupta
January 13 – Musical guest Ashley McBryde (Jake Tapper is also listed on the website, but not in provider listings)
January 14 – Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, musical guest Chet Faker
January 15 – Harry Shum Jr, guest host tWitch (Jessica Alba is also listed on the website, but not in provider listings)

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