Big changes are coming to the sets of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. And yes, we can blame coronavirus for this too.
On Monday, both teams behind Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune announced that they would no longer be utilizing live studio audiences for their tapings. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, both game shows are scheduled to tape episodes through mid-April.
The precautions seem like a good idea, especially since both hosts, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak, have been dealing with their share of health issues as of late. Trek, for example, is currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and Sajak recently underwent surgery for a blocked intestine. On top of this, both hosts are over the age of 60, which according to the CDC, leaves them quite vulnerable to possibly catch the virus.
As of right now, there is no official word as to when live audiences will once again be permitted in the respective studios.
As of Tuesday (March 10,) there have been nearly 118,000 cases of coronavirus diagnosed worldwide, and 4.264 people have died thus far. In light of these scary stats, many events are being postponed. For example, SXSW has been cancelled completely and the release of the new James Bond movie has been delayed.