If you were planning to be in the audience for a New York late night show, you might have to wait a little while.
Due to the ongoing concerns affiliated with the Corona virus, it was announced that multiple shows produced by NBC, CBS, TBS, and Bravo will be taped without the presence of a live studio audience. The Late Show, Late Night, The Tonight Show, Full Frontal, Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show, and Desus & Mero are among the shows currently effected by this.
“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority,” NBC said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, starting Monday, March 16, we have decided to suspend live audiences for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. Per guidance from New York City officials, the company is hoping to do its part to help to decrease the rate of transmission in our communities. Our shows will continue filming on their regular schedule, and currently, there will be no impact on air dates.”
CBS concurred, stating “Beginning Monday, March 16, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will film without a live, in-studio audience. This move is being made out of an abundance of caution regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty of the situation for future weeks. Per guidance from New York City officials, CBS and The Late Show are doing their part to help decrease the potential rate of transmission in our communities. There have not been any specific developments at The Ed Sullivan Theater to cause concern for audiences with plans to attend the show tonight, tomorrow, or who have attended in recent weeks. For several weeks, the team at the theater has been taking all necessary precautions to protect everyone who enters and works in the theater with enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures.”
“Our top priority is the safety of our guests and staff,” Comedy Central added in their own statement. “Beginning Monday, March 16th, Comedy Central’s NY based late night series, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, will film without a live, in-studio audience. This move is being made out of an abundance of caution and concern regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and per guidance from New York City officials to take appropriate actions.”
HBO added in their statement regarding Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “We are taking this precaution in accordance with best practices as outlined by New York City officials.”
This isn’t something new for talk shows, as it has happened on rare occasions prior, but it certainly isn’t the norm. It will be interesting to see if any additional adjustments will be made to any of the formats of the shows. Stay tuned.