NEW YORK: As the number of positive cases of coronavirus is increasing with each passing day, celebrities are taking every possible step to avoid the risk. Following the rapidly-spreading virus, American talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon will be shooting their show in the absence of a live audience.
Taking to Twitter, Ellen made the announcement and apologized to everybody who was looking forward to attending the show. She wrote, "I have some news. For now, I’ll be shooting my show with no studio audience. To everyone who was looking forward to coming, I’m so sorry. But I’m doing this for the health of my fans, my staff & my crew. (It has nothing to do with a warrant for my arrest in the state of Florida.)"
I have some news. For now, I’ll be shooting my show with no studio audience. To everyone who was looking forward to coming, I'm so sorry. But I’m doing this for the health of my fans, my staff & my crew. (It has nothing to do with a warrant for my arrest in the state of Florida.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 12, 2020
The Ellen show will be suspending the attendance of the audience starting from Monday. This action, however, would not affect its production schedule and it will also be reviewed regularly, said Telepictures Productions.
NBC in its statement has clarified that the live audiences for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers will be suspended starting from Monday. The decision was made as they wanted to ensure safety for their guests and employees.
CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will also be shot without any live audience from March 15th.
The broadcast of all the shows, however, will remain unaffected.
It's not that all the shows will be having no live audience. For example, The Talk on CBS will continue with the same format.
The Entertainment sector across the world has been affected badly following the COVID-19 outbreak. Several events and shows have been subjected to either postponement or cancellation.
Earlier today, Hollywood's superstar Tom Hanks announced that he and wife Rita Wilson have been tested positive for the virus. This has made the whole industry be more cautious towards the pandemic.