Concerns over COVID-19 are keeping Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune from taping in front of an audience for the rest of the season.
Jeopardy! producers began calling audience members with tickets late this afternoon.
Three reasons have been cited: Firstly, Alex Trebek is immunocompromised due to Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Secondly, the majority of audience members tend to be above the age of 60, a group more at risk of contracting the virus. Thirdly, a large number of audience members come from out-of-town and are more likely to obtain the virus via air travel.
The show’s Portland auditions this weekend have also been postponed indefinitely over fears about show staff and auditioners potentially contracting the virus.
Update, March 10: Upcoming contestants have been informed today that, for the time being, their guests will still be permitted to attend the tapings. However, the show is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may change this.
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