Late night talkers block audiences earlier than planned

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New York based late night TV shows had planned on going audience-less Monday, March 16, 2020 due to worries over coronavirus — but the move happened earlier.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” dropped studio audiences Thursday, March 12.

Colbert had mentioned on March 11’s show that the change would take place March 16, but noted on March 12’s episode that CBS moved the date up.

These two shows, as well as “The Late Late Show with James Corden” will also halt production on new episodes the week of March 16, which will bleed into a previously planned hiatus the week of March 23.