“The View” co-host Meghan McCain says she “deeply” respects Joy Behar’s decision to step away from the show for now, as concerns about the coronavirus continue to shutter major TV studios around the nation.
Behar, 77, is departing out of an abundance of concern out of her age, which puts her in the at-risk group for having serious illness due to the novel coronavirus. Behar says her daughter urged her to make the call.
“I’m in a higher risk group because of my age, but I’m perfectly healthy. I don’t look my age, but I’m actually up there. The number makes me dizzy,” she said on Friday.
Behar won’t be on the show all next week, and then will re-evaluate as to whether it will be safe to return.
Behar’s co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin have not yet revealed any plans to step back.
popculture writes that none of the staff or the hosts have tested positive for coronavirus, but they will take the additional step of omitting their studio audience to cut down on further risk.
“Live With Kelly and Ryan” and “The Wendy Williams Show” have also decided to continue without a live studio audience.
“It’s a historic day. The coronavirus situation is still developing and for the first time ever, as you can see, we made the decision not to have a studio audience,” Goldberg said on Wednesday.
The camera panned to show that the seats in the studio were empty.
“This is unprecedented, this has never happened on ‘The View,’ ” Goldberg said, adding that even during 9/11, the show had a studio audience.
‘The View’ tweeted a message to its fans:
“The coronavirus situation is still developing and for the first time ever at @TheView, we made the decision not to have a studio audience. We look forward to our fans returning to join us in the studio in the future!”
People on Monday said that the game shows “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel Of Fortune” will both not have an in-studio audience during their tapings.
The coronavirus situation is still developing and for the first time ever at @TheView, we made the decision not to have a studio audience. We look forward to our fans returning to join us in the studio in the future! pic.twitter.com/BNXK098W0s
— The View (@TheView) March 11, 2020
Over at ‘Jeopardy!’ the decision to not have audiences also stemmed from the fact that the show has a following from older generations. Add to that the fact that Alex Trebek has a compromised immune system after his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
All of this happened this week as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say “many will become sick” from coronavirus.