‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ to Ban Audience over Coronavirus

Brenda Watkins
March 10, 2020

Tapings for Jeopardy are of particular concern due to the health of Alex Trebek.

According to TMZ, those who can't confirm anything that's on the form are told by producers they 'are happy to work with you to re-book audience tickets for a later date'.

TV game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune will reportedly be recorded without a live audience to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"Out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of covid-19, we have chose to cancel audience attendance for the tapings of "Wheel of Fortune" and 'Jeopardy!' for the time being", a source close to "Jeopardy!" told The Washington Post Monday.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the decision.

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Since productions like these tape months in advance, the episodes without a live audience will not be immediately noticeable to viewers at home.

The "Dr. Phil" daytime talk show will tape without a studio audience for roughly two weeks as a precaution against the new coronavirus.

Interesting: It was announced on Monday that both game shows Jeopardy!

"According to the American Cancer Society", cancer patients are among those at high risk of serious illness from an infection because their immune systems are often weakened by cancer and its treatments".

The move comes as the entertainment industry scrambles to adjust to the spread of the virus, which has led to the cancellation of SXSW and other major events.

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