Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards postponed and chat show audiences scrapped amid coronavirus outbreak

Ellen DeGeneres will film her talk show without an audience.

Nickelodeon has postponed the Kids’ Choice Awards due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The network has pushed back its annual ceremony to ensure “the safety and well-being” of everyone involved as the global pandemic has seen over 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US.

“Out of concern for our audience attending ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ Telepictures will suspend audience attendance during tapings.”

— The Ellen DeGeneres Show spokesperson

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority.

“We will have further information about a new date in the future.”

Safety of guests

The announcement comes after it was revealed ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ has halted live audiences amid the outbreak.

A show spokesperson commented: “With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, and out of concern for our audience attending ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ Telepictures will suspend audience attendance during tapings effective Monday, March 16.

“This temporary measure will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will not impact the production schedule of Ellen.”

Late night chat shows have also been impacted, with the likes of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’, ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’, ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ and ‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ all filming in empty studios from March 16.

NBC said in a statement: “The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority.”