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No One's Surprised At This News


Count "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" among the dozens of talk shows that have halted production due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has now reached pandemic levels.

DeGeneres herself tweeted the announcement on Friday.

“Hey there. Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can’t wait to come back. I’m already bored.”

Show Taking a Back Seat To Coronavirus


Just on Thursday, Telepictures, the producer of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," said that the show would keep making episodes, but without a live studio audience.

Most of the late-night talk shows have already announced they're taking a break as the nation tries to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic, which doctors say is expected to worsen before it gets better.

The cancellations have picked up speed since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus spread a pandemic this week.

Do What You Gotta Do

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Fans weren't upset at the news, just glad that everyone has been taking extra precautions. Production on many movies and television shows have pulled out for now in a cascade of announcements.

@TheJillJ wrote back to DeGeneres, tweeting out her support for the show's decision.

"Thank you for caring about your fans and fellow Americans. I hope you, your cast and crew, and your loved ones stay safe and healthy 💙," she said.

At least one fan wanted DeGeneres to start a podcast, which seems to be the hot new thing right now.

Slow Down

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The number of shows in production that have now been put on hold due to concerns about the coronavirus continues to grow, and it's not just talk shows.

It's a staggering amount. Deadline's story lists no fewer than 36 broadcast shows that have been halted. Thirteen cable shows so far have thrown in the towel, at least for now, and 20 streaming shows have gone home for the foreseeable future.

Other daytime talk shows besides DeGeneres' that are also postponed are "The Kelly Clarkson Show" and "The Wendy Williams Show."

Bad News For TV Pilots Too

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Given there's been an endless cavalcade of shuttered shows just in this week alone, it's almost certainly likely that more shows will be announced in the days and weeks ahead. That's not even counting the pilots, another consideration.

Someone called "anonymous" had this to say in the comments underneath Deadline's list of postponements:

"If the regular shows are shutting down, the pilots shouldn’t even be starting. I’ve already noticed a few straight-to-series orders, even before Coronavirus, so maybe that’s what they’ll do this year."

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