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LL Cool J Cancels New Year’s Show Following Positive COVID-19 Test

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LL Cool J has cancelled his scheduled appearance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, after testing positive for COVID-19.

News of the cancellation was announced in a statement issued to Deadline.

“I know it’s disappointing to the millions of fans but my test came back positive for COVID, which means I’ll no longer be able to perform as scheduled at NYRE,” said Cool J.

“We were ready and I was really looking forward to ringing in 2022 in my hometown in a special way, but for now, I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. The best is yet to come!”

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The 53-year-old rapper was due to headline at the show with stars like Billy Porter, Journey and Karol G. Earlier it was announced that a performance by R&B artist Chlöe had also been cancelled.

ABC’s New Year’s special is not the only one to be affected by rising COVID cases.

Fox cancelled its 2022 celebrations, which were also intended to take place in Times Square, due to concerns over the Omicron variant.

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