Coronavirus Forces 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' to Scrap Live Audiences

America’s favorite game shows are now affected by the coronavirus. Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune have made the executive decision to film without a studio audience in light of the outbreak. The decision, first reported by TMZ, was made over concerns for the shows’ audience, made up of more senior members and tourists.

Both of the shows’ hosts have also had health issues recently. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is currently battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, while Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak went into emergency surgery this past November for an intestinal blockage. Current understanding and data has found that older people, men, and those with immunocompromised systems have higher risks for COVID-19.


This news comes after a statement on Monday from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which warned U.S. citizens that “many will become sick” as the outbreak continues to spread domestically.

“It’s fair to say that as the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the United States will at some point—either this year or next—be exposed to this virus. And there’s a good chance that many will become sick,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Since its initial discovery in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the coronavirus continues to spread globally with close to 100,000 cases across 85 countries. People have been advised to limit traveling, work from home, and avoid large public outings as safety precaution.

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