American talk show host Ellen Degeneres has delayed her long-awaited trip to Australia due to illness.
DeGeneres was expected to arrive in Sydney over the weekend (16-17Mar13) with her partner Portia de Rossi to shoot her show Down Under, but she has been forced to delay the journey as she is battling a bout of influenza.
Bosses at Warner Bros., the production company behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show, have confirmed the TV star will now travel to Sydney next week (begs18Mar13) once she has recovered from her illness.
In a statement, they said, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show will delay its arrival into Australia by a few days while Ellen recovers from the flu. Ellen will meet her fans in Sydney later next week, and will then come to Melbourne. More announcements about the trip will be made in coming days."