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'Jeopardy!' & 'Wheel of Fortune' To Have No Studio Audience Amid Coronavirus Fears

'Jeopardy!' & 'Wheel of Fortune' To Have No Studio Audience Amid Coronavirus Fears
March 10, 2020 - 12:30 / Anna Valenzuela Rosas

Both of the popular game shows will be continuing to tape but without a studio audience, just as a precaution out of concern for both the audience and the hosts.

For now, the long-time running game shows will have no live audiences during their tapings.

Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek Vulnerable Due to Cancer

Beloved host Alex Trebek, is still battling stage four pancreatic cancer so his immune system is much more vulnerable to illness. To be safe, the show does not want to expose him to large crowds of people. 

Alex Trebek, at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on April 28, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

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Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune Audiences to be protected too

The show runners behind both game shows also have concerns for their audience who tend to be in their 60's and also vulnerable to the disease. On top of that, many out-of-towners frequent the audience. The shows do not want to expose their hosts, staff or appreciated audience members to those travelling, just to be safe. 

Alex Trebek interacts with the audience on the set of the "Jeopardy!" on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California.