New York Late Night Shows to Tape without Audiences


TV’s late-night laughs will continue. But they will have to do so without live audiences to make them.A

Amid rising fears about the spread of coronavirus in the region, New York’s top late-night talk shows will all over the next few days cease to incorporate live audiences into their broadcasts.

The decision affects CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and Fox News Channel’s “The Greg Gutfeld Show” all said Wednesday that they would tape their broadcasts in theaters and studios without audience members.

In statements, all the shows indicated their staffers were well, but that producers felt performing with live crowds would not be safe or smart. Bee’s program will start the policy this evening, Gutfeld’s show will start Saturday and Oliver’s show and “Watch What Happens” with Andy Cohen will commence Sunday. The weeknight programs will all stop using audiences as of Monday, Mark 16. The policy does not seem to affect, for now, many of the genre’s Los Angeles-based programs, such as CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden”or HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Conan O’Brien’s TBS program will feature pre-taped episodes for the rest of this week and will be on hiatus for the next two weeks. TBS said.



  1. Carson and Letterman were the only late nighters Ive ever watched regularly. The 3 that you have pictured will finally be entertaining the audience they truly deserve
    While the coldbert makes one Trump joke after another I wonder if he will use a laugh track.
    For 50% of America (and likely growing) making endless fun of the President Of The United States Of America is just bad taste offered up by poor comic that is pandering for cheap laughs from an audience that deserves that sort of gutter humour

  2. I wonder how many “comedy” shows won’t return. That way the networks can say it was their decision, not the fact that nobody was watching them. There’ll be a lot of “comedians” you won’t hear from again but will never hear why.

  3. I’ve never heard of half of these shows and the few I have heard of have so few laughs that nobody will notice if there is no audience. Perhaps they could borrow the laugh track from that classic show “The Trouble With Tracy” if they want real comedy.


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