If you’re looking for a chance to meet Alex Trebek, this isn’t it. Amidst the ongoing coronavirus crisis, shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune have decided to pull the plug on filming with live studio audiences.
On Tuesday, March 10, the Associated Press reported that a few popular TV shows are the latest to take major precautions in wake of the COVID-19 spread.
The AP also noted that the lack of a studio audience may not be incredibly noticeable for viewers at home, especially considering that the episodes are taped months in advance and then banked for a later air date.
According to TMZ, the decision to film both shows without a live audience was made for three reasons. Firstly, to protect the health of beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who is currently battling stage four pancreatic cancer.
Secondly, the majority of audience members for both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are elderly, and therefore at a higher risk of contracting, and succumbing to the coronavirus.
Lastly, TMZ noted that many of those who attend the game show tapings have travelled to Culver City, California from out of town, and such travel is incredibly risky when it comes to the spread of illnesses like COVID-19.
The Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune filming sets aren’t the only places taking precautions amidst the ongoing outbreak. TMZ reported this morning that major music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach are being postponed to protect patrons.
Coachella was originally scheduled to run the weekends of April 10 and 17 but has now been moved to October 9 and 16, according to TMZ.
Several Canadian artists have also been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Just last week, Avril Lavigne announced that she would be cancelling several of her international dates on her Head Above Water tour.
On top of that, Justin Bieber also had to downsize several venues on his upcoming Changes tour from stadiums to arenas. TMZ reports that ticket sales have slowed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and this move will prevent him from losing out on money.