Coronavirus Shuts Down Production on “American Idol,” Contestants Sent Home


American Idol is calling it quits for the time being.

The much loved singing competition show announced Wednesday (March 18) that they are shutting down production due to growing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. Besides keeping their staff and employees safe, show executives also felt it was important for the contestants to get home to their families.

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According to People magazine, episodes will continue to run until April, which was when live shows were supposed to start.

American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry have also returned home. As fans will recall, Perry recently announced that she is expecting a baby this summer with fiancé Orlando Bloom, who was briefly quarantined due to coronavirus concerns. He was working on a project overseas when the coronavirus began to spread quickly.

“Orlando is back at home,” a source tells People magazine.  “Katy is well too. They will spend time at home together and monitor the situation. They are happy to be back in the U.S. They have no plans to work for now and will instead lay low.”

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American Idol now joins a long list of television shows that have stopped production thanks to fears surrounding the coronavirus. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Grey’s Anatomy and The Price is Right have all shut down production for the time being.