D.L. Hughley tests positive for COVID-19 after collapsing on stage: 'I was what they call asymptomatic'

Erin Donnelly
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D.L. Hughley, pictured in May 2019, tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing on stage. (Photo: Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
D.L. Hughley, pictured in May 2019, tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing on stage. (Photo: Bobby Bank/Getty Images)

D.L. Hughley says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing during a stand-up performance on Friday. Hughley was on stage at Nashville’s Zanies comedy club for a Juneteenth benefit when, according to footage of the event, his speech became slurred and he appeared to faint. The Original Kings of Comedy star was rushed off stage and subsequently hospitalized, with his rep telling media he was “suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel.”

In a video message to fans posted Saturday, the 57-year-old comedian revealed that there’s more to the story. After thanking supporters for their “prayers and well wishes” and sharing that he’d been released from the hospital following his overnight stay, Hughley announced that a “battery of tests” run by his doctors had found him to be positive for COVID-19.

The former star of The Hughleys told fans that he was initially treated for extreme exhaustion and dehydration, and was surprised of his COVID-19 diagnosis as he hadn’t experienced any of the “classic symptoms” associated with the virus.

“[Testing positive] blew me away,” he admitted. “I was what they call ‘asymptomatic’ ... Flu-like symptoms, I didn’t have. Shortness of breath, I didn’t have. Difficulty breathing, I didn’t have. A cough, I didn’t have. A low-grade fever, I didn’t have. I still don’t have a fever. I didn’t have a loss of smell or taste. Apparently, I just lost consciousness.

“In addition to all the other stuff you have to look out for, if your ass pass out in the middle of a show, on stage, you probably need to get tested,” he added, making light of his collapse.

Hughley now plans to quarantine for 14 days, and hopes that more symptoms don’t surface.

“Maybe this is as bad as it gets and I just pass out over and over again,” he quipped.

Hughley’s announcement was met with support — and some jokes — from fellow comedians like Eddie Griffin, Arsenio Hall and Jay Pharoah.

“Prayers up champ ... Happy that you’re doing better,” wrote Kevin Hart. “Get well.”

“That asymptomatic s*** is real y’all. Get well O.G,” tweeted Roy Wood Jr.

“D*** babe!! Please take care of yourself!!” added Leslie Jones.

“It’s called ‘STAND UP’ for a reason!!!!!” Deon Cole couldn’t resist commenting.

“Remember to drink water with yo Bourbon,” Jamie Foxx chimed in. “Love you bro. Need u for a long time!!!”

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