PEOPLE: ABC's George Stephanopoulos tests positive for COVID-19; "Friends" reunion delayed; Goodies co-founder Tim Brooke-Taylor dies of COVID-19

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ABC's Stephanopoulos positive for coronavirus but feels well

"Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos revealed Monday that he's tested positive for the coronavirus, but has been relatively symptom-free.

The ABC newsman revealed his diagnosis on the show, telling co-host Robin Roberts that, "I feel fine."

Stephanopoulos' wife, Ali Wentworth, had come down with COVID-19 and tweeted that she's "never been sicker." Her husband has been taking care of her, their children and doing his TV job in the interim.

He said the only potential symptoms he has felt were a lower back ache that he had attributed to a hard workout, and a briefly diminished sense of smell.

'Friends' reunion delayed

The "Friends" reunion won't be here for us as soon as expected.

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Production on the special has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic that's brought movie and TV making to a standstill.

The special, featuring the entire original "Friends" cast, was to be part of the May launch of the new HBO Max streaming service. No taping was done before the health crisis hit, the company said Friday.

The Emmy-winning "Friends," which ended its 10-season run in 2004, made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer into household names.

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Plans call for the special, called a "celebration of the beloved show," to be shot on the same Burbank, California, sound stage where the series taped.

Goodies co-founder dies with COVID-19

British performer Tim Brooke-Taylor, a member of comedy trio The Goodies, has died after contracting the new coronavirus. He was 79.

Brooke-Taylor's agent says he died Sunday morning "from COVID-19."

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He broke into radio and television comedy in the 1960s alongside future Monty Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman.

Brooke-Taylor went on to form The Goodies with Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. The trio specialized in slightly surreal sketches incorporating visual inventiveness, slapstick and songs. Their song "Funky Gibbon" even became a U.K. top 10 chart hit in 1975.

"The Goodies" formed part of a golden era of British television comedy in the 1960s and '70s that included "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and "Not the Nine O'Clock News."

He is survived by his wife, Christine, and two sons.

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