As fears of the coronavirus sweep the nation, two classic television shows are reducing their risk by taping without live audiences.
A source close to both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” confirmed to NBC News that the shows will not tape in front of live audiences for the foreseeable future "out of an abundance of caution."
The precautions make sense, as both shows typically have older audiences and “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was diagnosed last year with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, so likely has a compromised immune system.
Another factor executives likely considered is that many of their audience members are from out of town and traveled by air to get to the show tapings.
Both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” tape on the Sony Pictures Television lot near Los Angeles. According to the shows’ websites, they’re scheduled to record in the coming weeks, but there are no tickets available.
Tuesday night, the "Wendy Williams Show" posted on Instagram that "in light of the current health climate" the show won't have a live studio audience "until further notice.
"We will continue to produce a daily live talk show & look forward to welcoming the studio audience back when the time is right," the post said.
This story was updated 3/10/20 to include details from "Wendy Williams Show" and to update the number of coronavirus cases in the United States.