Luke Bryan Gets Surprised With a Beer on Ellen DeGeneres Show After Going ‘Longest Stint’ Without One

by Emily Morgan

If there’s one thing Luke Bryan missed while battling his COVID-19 diagnosis, it was his afternoon beers.

During Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the “American Idol” judge discussed his scary diagnosis. On Apr. 12, the 44-year-old announced he had contracted the virus. He later confirmed he had to skip the “American Idol” taping that week.

“I had COVID, you had COVID,” said DeGeneres, who also suffered from a bout of the virus in December. “You recently had it. How bad did you have it?”

“Yes. You know, I had one or two days where it was pretty bad,” Bryan said. “But then, I mean, I never lost my taste and smell, and then I got back rockin’. I had a little fatigue, but heck, I’m back to normal.”

The 63-year-old talk show host then asked the “Waves” singer about going without beer while he was recovering. Bryan confessed with a chuckle, “That is definitely the longest stint without a beer. Beer in the afternoon is just….”

Before he could finish his sentence, the TV personality surprised the country singer with a cold beer. “Thank you, Ellen,” said Bryan before taking a sip. “Alright, Ellen, just let me savor. I can still taste it! I have the taste.”

Luke Bryan Looks Back On COVID-19 Diagnosis

During his time recovering at home, Bryan explained that his wife nursed him back to health. “Certainly the key to feeling better for having COVID was, you know, I was very fortunate to not have a long, long set of symptoms and stuff. It was still quite challenging for a couple of days, but thank God for just, certainly, health,” he said at the time. “There were times when Caroline was nursing me back to health, so I was certainly amazed to move through that.”

“And now, looking back on the past going into a year and a half, I mean, the main thing that’s got us through is certainly your friends and your family and praying that everybody can see the side of certainly this pandemic,” he added.

He also described that this was an “amazingly challenging year for the entertainment business.” Despite the circumstances, he added that he felt “blessed” to be on the “other side” of his battle with the virus.

“I think at the core of it all, the fact that that I’ve been home a little more and I could spend quality time with my family has certainly gotten me through all of the challenges of this year,” he added.