LOS ANGELES (AP) – The ripple effect of the new coronavirus on the entertainment industry reached late-night television and far beyond to the series â€œSurvivorâ€ in Fiji.
â€œThe Tonight Showâ€ and other late-night talk shows in New York announced Wednesday they will tape without audiences, while CBS said that production on the next season of â€œSurvivorâ€ was being postponed.
In a statement Wednesday, NBC said it was suspending live audiences for Jimmy Fallonâ€™s â€œTonight Showâ€ and â€œLate Night with Seth Meyersâ€ starting Monday, citing the safety of guest and employees as the â€œtop priority.â€
CBS announced that â€œThe Late Show with Stephen Colbertâ€ also will tape without an in-studio audience, as did Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œThe Daily Show with Trevor Noahâ€ and HBO’s â€œLast Week Tonight with John Oliver.â€
â€œFor the past several weeks, â€˜The Late Showâ€™ producers have consulted daily to share information with other New York-based late night shows, who will also be moving forward without an audience,â€ CBS said in a statement.
The shows’ broadcasts will be unaffected.
Also Wednesday, CBS said production on the 41st edition of â€œSurvivorâ€ has been postponed in response to the spread of the coronavirus. Filming was scheduled to begin later this month in Fiji, but CBS now says production will start on May 19.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.
AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy in New York contributed to this report.
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