‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Shuts Down Production Indefinitely

The Wendy Williams Show (Credit: The Wendy Williams Show)

The Wendy Williams Show has gone dark amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The syndicated daytime talk show shut down production indefinitely Thursday as the nation tries to slow the spread of the deadly illness.

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Williams posted a statement on Twitter saying, “Considering the current escalation of the coronavirus, production on The Wendy Williams Show will be put on hold, indefinitely. In place of live shows, we will air repeats and we will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and city officials to determine the best time to return and produce live shows again. I love you for watching!”

The announcement came after the show said earlier in the week that it would tape without a studio audience amid concerns over the coronavirus crisis. That production change then became a full-scale shutdown.

The pandemic has sent shock waves through the entertainment industry.

NBC suspended production on its late-night programs, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. Although Meyers recorded a “Closer Look” segment on Trump’s “failed” coronavirus speech and posted it to YouTube Thursday night.

Meyers said the production team had planned to tape new shows without a studio audience, but the program’s guests began to cancel. “We don’t know when we’re going to start doing shows again,” he explained.

CBS is also suspending The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

“Hi Folks. We have a new show tonight w/ no audience, but we canceled next week’s shows before our scheduled break,” Colbert said in a statement on Twitter. “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.”