On Monday, Tony Shalhoub appeared on the new Peacock web series, The At-Home Variety Show to raise money for Americares, Feeding America and the United Way charities. Reprising his Emmy-winning role as Adrian Monk, he shows himself wearing surgical gloves and franticly sterilizing his apartment. The beloved OCD character then proceeds to microwave his mail and put his fruits into the dishwasher to show viewers what to do during the pandemic. His former Monk co-stars Ted Levine (Leland Stottlemeyer), Jason Gray-Stanford (Randy Disher) and Traylor Howard (Natalie Teeger) also made an appearance via video chat while he was standing 6 feet away from the screen.
At the end of the show, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actor announced that he and his wife recovered after contracting COVID-19. “I hope you are all being careful and following the protocol. We really are all Monk now,” said Shalhoub on the Peacock program, “Last month, my wife Brooke and I came down with the virus, and it was a pretty rough few weeks. But we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse.”
For the time being, the 66-year-old actor will remain quarantined in New York City and regularly cheer for frontline volunteers from his window. “Time to go out and show our appreciation to all our heroes — the health care workers, the first responders. Let’s go. Stay safe and stay sane,” he added with his dog on his lap.