Late-Night Shows Shut-Down Production Over Coronavirus

Screenshot from "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

It’s official—after announcing last week that there would be no live studio audiences for late-night shows, production was shut down on Sunday for all late-night shows.

On Wednesday, late-shows in New York announced they would be taping their broadcasts in theatres without audience members. Among them were the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallen, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Watch What Happens Live, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and The Greg Gutfeld Show.

But just a few days after deciding to continue filming without a live audience, these shows decided to completely shut down production starting March 16th with hopeful end dates as early as the end of the month.

The Late Late Show With James Corden was one of the last to suspend production, and Corden took to Twitter and said, “We really explored every option to try and put a show on for you, but right now feel the safest thing to do is to stop for a moment and take advice further down the line. Stay safe out there.”

For now, Conan O’Brien’s show is unaffected as TBS confirmed that this week’s Conan episodes are pre-taped, and the show was already on a prescheduled two-week hiatus.