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'The View' Aired Without An Audience Over Coronavirus Concerns, And Some Found It Jarring

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By Clark Sparky

"The View" surprised viewers on Wednesday's episode when it aired without a live studio audience. The decision was made amid growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The show is taped in New York City, where there have been confirmed cases of the disease.

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Whoopi Goldberg opened the show by saying "Welcome to 'The View'," repeatedly as the camera panned around the studio to nothing but empty seats.

"Whoopi Goldberg repeating 'welcome to The View' to empty audience chairs is both peak apocalypse horror and high camp," one person wrote on Twitter.

"Meghan McCain has never been happier on the job. No studio audience clapping for her co-hosts," another joked.

"In a surreal scene, The View begins its first broadcast with no audience in the stands due to the coronavirus. 'The echo is real,'" someone else said.

Many people just found it strange and kind of eerie.

"The View" isn't the first show to go without an audience as a result of coronavirus fears. Both "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" announced on Tuesday that all the shows they tape over the next several weeks will have no live audience.

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Hollywood Reporter broke the news:

Sources familiar with the series confirm that for the time being, both shows will go without a live studio audience as they continue to monitor the situation. Reps for Sony, which produces both, declined to comment. Sources say that Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are both scheduled to tape to mid-April.

The decision to forgo the live studio audience was done as a precaution amid concerns over Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, given that he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment and chemotherapy.

The CDC has also issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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