‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star LL Cool J Cancels New Year’s Eve Performance After Positive COVID Test

by Suzanne Halliburton

LL Cool J tested positive for COVID, so the star of NCIS: Los Angeles will be sitting out his scheduled New Year’s Eve performance.

And that’s a blow for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. LL Cool J, the recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was one of the glamour names for ABC’s beloved New Year’s Eve event.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star issued a statement about his positive test. “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,” the statement said. “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!”

ABC Opted to Keep Annual NYE Party While Fox Cancelled

LL Cool J was set to perform on a Times Square stage in Manhattan this Friday. He grew up in Queens so entertaining the home folks always is a special event. ABC opted to keep the show as scheduled when New York decided to decrease the number of people allowed in Times Square while enforcing more social distancing. However, Fox canceled its New Year’s Eve show in Times Square.

The hip hop icon performed several of his hits in August during an all-star, celebratory concert in Central Park. Organizers dubbed the event We Love NYC: The Homecoming. LL Cool J entertained with his signature song, Mama Said Knock You Out. And then the NCIS: Los Angeles star threw it back to vintage hip-hop times, combining with Rev Run for an energetic version of It’s Tricky. Fans were dancing all over the park.

Folks at Outsider wish LL Cool J a quick recovery.

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It’s Been Awhile: NCIS: Los Angeles Is Back with New Episode Jan. 2

Meanwhile, NCIS: Los Angeles hasn’t had a new episode since Nov. 21. So fans need their fix since no one has watched a fresh story about Sam, Callen, Deeks, Kensi, Rountree, Kilbride or Fatima in weeks. But that changes this Sunday.

Writers call the new NCIS: Los Angeles episode “Lost Soldier Down.” CBS provided this plot summary: “NCIS investigates the apparent suicide of a Navy intelligence officer who leapt to his death after taking LSD. Also, while Kensi is away, Deeks makes plans to redo the backyard without her input.”

Yes, Daniela Ruah fans can gather from the summary that this new NCIS: Los Angeles episode won’t feature a lot of Kensi. But her imprint will be all over it. Check that, Ruah’s influence will be all over it. After all, she directed the episode. It’s her second for the show, with another coming in the spring.

There also is another new episode set for Jan. 9. This one is called “A Land of Wolves.” And it promises to be very Ruah centric. The CBS summary: “The NCIS team scrambles to find Kensi, when she is attacked and kidnapped by a mysterious militia group while helping a group of migrants cross the border.”