The pandemic coronavirus outbreak has completely halted production “indefinitely” for several major talk shows and TV shows. A few days after putti
The pandemic coronavirus outbreak has completely halted production “indefinitely” for several major talk shows and TV shows.
A few days after putting out a statement that filming for her talk show will be done without a studio audience, a statement was sent out to everyone who works on The Wendy Williams Show. “To Our Dedicated Wendy Show Staff: The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. Considering the current escalation of the Coronavirus, production will be put on hold, indefinitely.
“However, the office will remain open for you to pick up any materials or personal items. In place of live shows, we will air repeats. And we will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and city officials to determine the best time to return and produce live shows again. Thank you for everything you do and please stay safe,” the spokesperson concluded.
NBC’s late-night programs have also decided they will not tape until further notice. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers have paused production through March 30 – though that date could be extended.
Jimmy Fallon will tape his final show before the break tonight and will begin to air repeats tomorrow. On Thursday night, ABC announced its hit show, Grey’s Anatomy will also shut down production effective immediately. The long-running medical drama will suspend filming for at least two weeks as a precautionary measure.
Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s Apple TV series The Morning Show, will also take a two-week hiatus out of concern for the virus. The precautionary move was taken out of concern for those working on the show, though no one on set has tested positive.
Other series that have gone without a live audience this week include: Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View, The Late Show, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tamron Hall Show, The Daily Show and Watch What Happens Live.
Co-host, Joy Behar announced that she will take time off The View as a safety precaution amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The 77-year old said the move was due to her being “in a higher risk group because of my age” but added she is “perfectly healthy.”