Both Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune will stop filming in front of a live studio audience for the near future, due to the ongoing threats of coronavirus. Both game shows tape at Sony Pictures Television’s Culver City lot. Many shows and movies have been affected by the health scare, taking preventative measures to limit the spread of the virus. The upcoming Bond film No Time to Die‘s release has officially been postponed, and others are sure to follow suit.
According to Variety, the decision has been made for an array of reasons. This includes the fact that both shows’ audience members tend to be older, and many travel from out of town by airplane. Also of concern is Jeopardy host Alex Trebek‘s immunocompromised state due to his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Other recent cancellations or closings due to coronavirus include Austin’s yearly SXSW festival, upcoming streamer Quibi’s launch event, and the temporary closure of movie theaters in countries like China and Italy. As of right now, there are 423 reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 108,000 cases worldwide.
The current daily syndicated version of Jeopardy began airing in 1984, with Trebek as the host. Similarly,Pat Sajak and Vanna White have hosted the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune since 1983. It is unclear when both shows will return to live audience tapings. However, entertainment fans likely haven’t seen the last of these types of decisions, as coronavirus continues to be a major concern worldwide.