American Idol joined the growing list of television shows that are shutting down production as the nation faces the coronavirus pandemic. Staffers for the ABC singing competition are working to get contestants home to their families.
The show had already introduced new protocols and safety measures for its production staff amid the health crisis. New filming has been suspended and the rest of the staff members are now working remotely. American Idol fans will still be able to watch the show as episodes will continue to air as scheduled until the live shows, which are set to begin in April but may be post-poned.
In addition to American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy, the Ellen Degeneres Show and The Price is Right have all stopped production. Saturday Night Live is on an indefinite hiatus and all the major late night talk shows have ceased production, however on Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert began shooting their shows from the safety of their homes.