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Kimmel, Corden latest talk shows to go audience free

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden” are the latest – and last – major talk shows to go audience free as officials seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus. They will stop hosting studio audiences with Monday’s shows, when the syndicated “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” also based in Los Angeles, also goes crowd-free.

 They join all New York-based news and talk shows in adopting plans to episodes without studio audiences. The moves are described as temporary but open-ended, although all shows will remain in production. 

Affected New York shows included CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” along with TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.”

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel is among the latest (and last) group of talk-show hosts to announce plans to go audience-free as the coronavirus spreads rapidly.

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Following “guidance from New York City officials, the company is hoping to do its part to help to decrease the rate of transmission in our communities,” NBC spokeswoman Allison Rawlings said in a statement. “Our shows will continue filming on their regular schedule, and currently, there will be no impact on air dates.”

Earlier Wednesday, Walt Disney confirmed that its own news and talk shows, including ABC’s “The View” and “Good Morning America” and the syndicated “Live With Kelly and Ryan” and “Tamron Hall,”  will go audience-free indefinitely. So will NBC’s “Today,” as of Thursday. 

“Given the current developing situation in New York City, we have made the decision to suspend live audiences from attending our news broadcasts and talk shows,” Disney said in a statement.

Tamron Hall is among the talk show hosts going audience-free amid the coronavirus crisis.

Among other affected shows: “One Day at a Time” will tape episodes in Culver City, California, without a studio audience, USA TODAY confirmed Tuesday with a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.

“Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” have begun taping shows without audiences, USA TODAY confirmed. The game shows will continue that practice indefinitely.

“Dr. Phil” changed its practices Tuesday: The CBS daytime talk show announced it will nix having an audience indefinitely.

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