Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert Among US Talk Shows To Film Without Audience Due To Coronavirus
Many of the top late night talk shows in the US will temporarily suspend live audiences beginning on Monday next week. The move comes as an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of Monday, March 16, late night talk shows in New York City will suspend the presence of studio audiences. The decision was made to dissuade people from gathering publicly in large groups amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus: New York late night talk shows suspend studio audiences
JUST IN: The daily NY late night shows (Fallon, Colbert, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah) are *suspending* studio audiences beginning Monday. More coming: https://t.co/N83SVZeSFF— John Koblin (@koblin) March 11, 2020
Talk shows affected by the announcement include those hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah. Other daytime talk shows including The View and Live with Kelly and Ryan already went without live audiences beginning on Wednesday, March 11.
The shows will go on, however. The hosts will just have to get by without the crowd's usual laughter and support.
NBC, CBS, and Comedy Central confirm the news
NBC, which is the home of Fallon's and Meyers's talk shows, confirmed the news with a statement. CBS did the same for Colbert's program, as did Comedy Central for Noah's.
US late night TV is the latest in a string of entertainment media and events to be affected by the coronavirus. Perhaps most notably, No Time To Die, the upcoming James Bond film that was to debut in April, was delayed until November 2020. Sports events and media productions have also postponed dates in an effort to contain the pandemic.