Coronavirus: Stephen Colbert And Jimmy Fallon Deliver TV Monologues To Empty Audiences - Watch Here
On Thursday night, both Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon hosted their late night talk shows without a studio audience. Due to growing concerns about the coronavirus, audience attendance had been suspended. See the comedians deliver their monologues below...
On Wednesday, it was announced that late night talk shows based in New York would suspend studio audiences beginning on Monday, March 16. But that measure was initiated even sooner, as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon both went without audiences on Thursday night.
Hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, with shows on CBS and NBC, respectively, continued their Thursday episodes with only show staff members in the audience. The seats were occupied by maybe a few dozen people at most.
The two hosts gave it their all, despite the odd experience of performing jokes to a largely empty and unresponsive crowd.
Colbert's monologue was billed as "When Rehearsal Becomes the Show." His introduction also gave a view of the sparse crowd of show staff.
Coronavirus: Stephen Colbert's no-audience monologue
Jimmy Fallon, meanwhile, remained seated as he went about his usual hosting duties. He was accompanied by his house band, The Roots, and sidekick, Higgins.
Coronavirus: Jimmy Fallon continues with no studio audience
Coronavirus: Late night TV suspends production
While there were plans to continue the shows without audiences next week, NBC and CBS have already since suspended the production of all their late night talk shows beginning on Monday. The move will last for at least two weeks at the minimum, while the world attempts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and "Late Night With Seth Meyers" are all suspending production next week, NBC and CBS said https://t.co/zEK9fUJdLN— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 13, 2020