A pox on Earl

Like the character he plays on My Name Is Earl, Jason Lee seems to be suffering from a case of bad karma.

How else to explain his diagnosis of adult-onset chicken pox, just as NBC announced that it was renewing his series for a second season?

Production on the comedy was shut down over the weekend after Lee was diagnosed with the virus.

Fortunately for the rest of the cast, no one else was infected with the itchy ailment; unfortunately for Lee, he was judged highly contagious and will have to remain in quarantine for several weeks.

As someone that has suffered through an adult case of the chicken pox, I can say that it sucks royally. It is a painful and miserable experience, especially if they go internal. You can't put calamine lotion down your throat.

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