The Jeremy Vine Show has become the first UK TV show to axe its live studio audience during the coronavirus outbreak.
After a week which saw a number of shows across the pond, including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and The Ellen Show, go ahead with filming without their usual live studio audiences, it was only time until UK TV started doing the same.
And the first to go the whole hog is Jeremy Vine’s daily magazine show on Channel 5, with the network confirming that they would be axing the show’s usual 20-person live audience for the foreseeable future.
A spokesperson for the show told MailOnline: ‘As a precautionary measure we have taken the decision not to have a live studio audience for The Jeremy Vine show for the time being.
‘This decision will take effect from Monday. We will continue to monitor and review official guidelines and advice.’
The decision marks the first UK TV show to get rid of its live audience during the coronavirus pandemic, with many programmes in the US having gone even further by shutting down production ‘indefinitely’ on chat shows including those hosted by Wendy Williams, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers.
However, the UK has been a lot slower to react to the situation, with Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway going ahead this weekend with their usual live audience, along with Sport Relief.
An ITV spokesperson told Variety: ‘Our priority is the well-being and safety of all our people and everyone who works with us on our shows and across our business.
‘All of our audience-handling agencies are sharing the updated advice from the NHS site with audiences prior to attending our shows and we continue to work with them to update advice as and when it changes.’
The Jeremy Vine Show airs weekdays at 9.15am on Channel 5.
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