The Daily Show is joining the list of late-night programs to suspend production amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Host Trevor Noah shared the news with fans Sunday evening in a video on Twitter. Casually dressed in a sweatshirt and appearing to be sitting on a sofa, Noah said the Comedy Central program will be taking a break from recording new shows.
“We at The Daily Show have decided that we’re not going to be having shows next week. We won’t be recording anything from the studio because we’re trying to do our part to socially distance ourselves,” Noah explained.
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He then urged fans to stay away from bars and restaurants, stay home, stay safe and wash your hands.
“Let’s try, because the longer we stay out there, the longer coronavirus remains a threat and the longer the medical system really struggles or will struggle,” he added.
“Oh, and another thing,” Noah continued, “stop hoarding everything guys. You don’t have to buy all the toilet paper. I don’t know what kind of sh-ts you’re having, but calm down. People need toilet paper. People need food. If we all panic, nobody has anything and if nobody has anything, there’s more panic. It becomes a vicious cycle. Be considerate of others, take what you need, leave the shop and what you don’t.”
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As previously reported, NBC said last week that it was halting production on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Over on CBS, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is also pressing pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We canceled next week’s shows before our scheduled break,” Colbert tweeted on March 12. “I wish I could stay on stage to share this uncertain moment w/ you, but I don’t do this show alone, and I have to do what’s best for my staff. Hope to be back soon.”