Wendy Williams Won't Have Live Studio Audience on Her Show for Now in Light of Coronavirus Outbreak
Wendy Williams took to Instagram to announce that her show will no longer have a live studio audience and co-hosts till further notice. The recent Coronavirus is to blame for the new development.
American TV host Wendy Williams announced that in light of the current health climate, particularly Coronavirus, "The Wendy Williams Show" will not have a live studio audience and co-hosts until further notice.
The post read, "Wendy values her co-hosts and their daily participation, but in light of the current health climate, [The Show] will not have a live studio audience until further notice."
The post further added that the daily talk show would continue and that the show would welcome their live studio audience and the co-hosts when the time is right.
A source revealed that the decision was made due to grave concerns for the show's older audiences, who have been discovered to be the most susceptible to the virus.
Wendy's decision came shortly after the No. 1 daytime talk show, "Dr. Phil," said it was joining the fast-growing list of shows that are not entertaining live audiences.
The show hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw welcomes nearly 300 audience members. Elaborating on their decision, the show's executive producer, Carla Pennington said:
"The health of our audience members, staff, and crew are the priority."
Other shows that have joined the decision-train to film in empty studios include "CNN" and "Jeopardy!" Jeopardy's co-host, Alex Trebek's health poses to put him at an even higher risk due to his ongoing battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Wendy stopped shaking hands and, instead, started greeted members using her elbow.
Other than shows, some performers such as Miley Cyrus, Madonna, BTS, and Pearl Jam have all canceled concerts in light of the outbreak.
Fans are interested in how Wendy and her crew are going to improvise on interactive segments of the show, such as "Hot Topics" and "Ask Wendy."
Also, the end of her show when she shakes hands with and hugs members of her audience. Although, since the outbreak, Wendy stopped shaking hands and, instead, started greeted members using her elbow.
Amidst a blazing petition to have her fired for an insensitive comment, she made about "The Joker" actor Joaquin Phoenix's scar, Wendy continues to forge on with making attempts to keep her fans and co-hosts safe.