Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune to film WITHOUT audience over coronavirus outbreak

TWO of the most popular game-shows on television are going to be filming in an empty studio, to counter the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune will be shot without live audiences from Tuesday, according to TMZ on Monday.

The measure is being taken to prevent the spread, particularly with concern to Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The 79-year-old has a compromised immune system from chemotherapy and other treatments.

The show's executives thought it was too risky to expose him to large audiences, given the current concerns with the spread of the virus, says the website.

They also report that bosses were concerned about other high risk members of the audience, as both shows' audiences tend to be in an older demographic and would be more vulnerable to the illness.

The third factor they have taken into consideration is that a number of people who attend tapings are from out of town and such travel is risky, given the spread of the virus.

Wheel Of Fortune has been on the air since 1975 (with Pat Sajak hosting since 1981), and Jeopardy! since 1984 (with Alex Trebek hosting since it began).

They are filmed in Burbank, California and together they've produced more than 13,000 episodes of television.

Los Angeles county currently has 19 confirmed cases, with the first case of community spread COVID-19 confirmed in Long Beach on Monday.

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