The Ellen Degeneres Show just joined the ever-growing list of talk shows getting rid of their live studio audiences. Degeneres took to Twitter on Wednesday night to announce the new change, which comes in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
"I have some news," Degeneres wrote. "For now, I'll be shooting my show with no studio audience. To everyone who was looking forward to coming, I'm so sorry. But I'm doing this for the health of my fans, my staff & my crew."
And in true Degeneres style, she ended the Tweet with a joke: "It has nothing to do with a warrant for my arrest in the state of Florida."
I have some news. For now, I’ll be shooting my show with no studio audience. To everyone who was looking forward to coming, I'm so sorry. But I’m doing this for the health of my fans, my staff & my crew. (It has nothing to do with a warrant for my arrest in the state of Florida.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 12, 2020
Many other shows — largely those based in New York City — have also made plans to cancel their audiences as a coronavirus precaution, including Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Live With Kelly and Ryan, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, The View, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Daily Show With Trever Noah, and Dr. Phil.
The highest-rated late-night talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, also announced that it would no longer have a live audience beginning March 16, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
CBS said in a statement about the Late Show audience cancellation, "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."
It's unclear when audiences will be allowed back into these shows, but updates can be expected as new news regarding the coronavirus emerges.
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