Report: ‘Tonight Show,’ ‘The View,’ & ‘Ellen’ Among Shows Forgoing Live Audiences Due to Coronavirus Fears

Published: Wednesday 11th Mar 2020 by Rashad

While music award shows, individual artist concerts, and multiple concert festivals (i.e. SXSW, Coachella) are being suspended due to coronavirus fears (putting the music business in the position to lose billions in its wake), the music realm is certainly not the only branch of entertainment being rocked by fears of the disease (COVID-19).

After the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the outbreak a “pandemic” Wednesday (March 11), television production companies and shows took notice and action.

Like we reported here, ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ was among the first daytime series to announce intent to exercise safety by filming without an audience.  As that news made its rounds, a number of other top-rated talk shows – daytime and primetime – followed suit.

Look inside to see if your favorite show has opted in to audience-free taping:

*The tally below is not comprehensive, but instead a list of highlights*

Daytime TV

As of time reported, the following daytime television series have confirmed they will forgo taping in front of a live audience (until further notice).

  • ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’
  • ‘Ellen’
  • ‘The View’
  • ‘Good Morning America’
  • ‘The Today Show’
  • ‘The Tamron Hall Show’
  • ‘Strahan, Sara & KeKe’
  • ‘Jeopardy’
  • ‘Wheel of Fortune’
  • ‘Dr. Phil’


Primetime TV

(Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)

As of time reported, the following primetime or late night television series have confirmed they will forgo taping in front of a live audience (until further notice).

  • ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’
  • ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’
  • ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’
  • ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’
  • ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’
  • ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’
  • ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
  • ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’
  • ‘The Talk’
[main photo source:  Getty/FilmMagic/Shutterstock/AP/Warner Bros.]

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  1. Only Facts March 11, 2020

    But this only works if EVERYONE is quarantined. This is all very shortsighted. I think there needs to be a government mandate that everyone stay TF home for 2 weeks. Otherwise, this ? is going to keep spreading.

    Looking back now, 2019 wasn’t so bad ?

  2. I love big black c** March 12, 2020

    I encourage everyone stays home and spill the tea with some ghosts. This s-h-i-t ain’t no joke. Tom Hanks diagnosed with c***** v****, where’s the news tho?????

    • Woah Vicky March 12, 2020

      Yes his white privilege didn’t help him

      • I love big black c** March 12, 2020

        U mean a-s-s!!!! Don’t tell me toy story 5 isn’t coming. ???? woody never die!!!!!

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