‘Ellen’ won’t have studio audience due to coronavirus
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will drop its studio audience for the time being — following the lead of New York based talkers.
The change is being made as concerns mount over the coronavirus, but so far “Ellen” is one of only a few major shows produced in the Hollywood area to stop using a studio audience as of March 12, 2020.
Los Angeles area based “Dr. Phil” previously announced it would drop its studio audience for tapings.
However, California based “The Late Late Show” on CBS, “A Little Late” on NBC, “The Talk” on CBS and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC have not stopped using studio audiences.
“Ellen” will stop using an audience starting with its Monday, March 16 taping.
Most New York based talk shows, morning shows and late night shows have either stopped using studio audiences or are in the process of doing so.
The New York metro had reported cases of coronavirus before California, but the virus has since popped up in the L.A. area.