Late night will not look so lively in the upcoming weeks.
Talk shows are ceasing production to prevent the spread of coronavirus, after attempting to film live tapings to an empty audience.
Most of the shows are filmed in New York City and Los Angeles where tons of tourists come to attend live tapings. Americans are being advised to stay home unless necessary, so TV networks must take the necessary precautions too.
Shows like NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” were going to attempt to film without an audience but made the decision to halt production until at least March 30 to protect their crew and staff.
“After much deliberation we’ve decided to suspend The Late Late Show for the time being,” Corden said in a tweet Friday night.
After much deliberation we’ve decided to suspend The Late Late Show for the time being.We really explored every option to try and put a show on for you,but right now feel the safest thing to do is to stop for a moment and take advice further down the line. Stay safe out there x x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) March 13, 2020
“We really explored every option to try and put a show on for you, but right now feel the safest thing to do is to stop for a moment and take advice further down the line.”
Stephen Colbert has been trying out different ways to promote and do his show without an audience. He has been taking to Twitter to lighten the mood and get people to laugh.
Join me tonight on my back porch! We'll sip some cocktails and, time permitting, do a show. Bring gloves. 11:35 CBS pic.twitter.com/X1WIbcIftn
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 19, 2020
It is unclear as to when late shows will resume their regular productions.