Loose Women CANCELS live studio audience for the first time amid coronovirus pandemic and ‘do not know when audiences will return’

The media industry has been thrown into chaos as coronavirus (COVID-19) worsens across the UK. 

And, on Monday morning Loose Women on ITV cancelled their live studio audience for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, and admitted that they ‘do not know when audiences will return.’

Their move follows on from Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show, who became the first UK progamme to pull its live studio audience, on Friday. 

No audience! Monday morning Loose Women cancelled their live studio audience for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic

No audience! Monday morning Loose Women cancelled their live studio audience for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic

Audience bookers SRO confirmed the news in a statement on its website today.

It read: ‘In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, ITV has asked all producers to consider whether shows which normally have a live audience can be made without one.

‘Although we love to have an audience on ‘Loose Women’, the producers of Loose Women are following this guidance and adapting the show during this period and there will not be an audience on set.

‘We are therefore contacting all ticket holders to inform them. We are therefore contacting all ticket holders to inform them. Please reply now to confirm that you have received this email. 

Statement: Audience bookers SRO confirmed the news in a statement on its website today

Statement: Audience bookers SRO confirmed the news in a statement on its website today

Hopefully see you soon! 'We hope that ticket holders for this show accept our apologies for any inconvenience and hopefully we will see you at the show soon,' the statement read

Hopefully see you soon! ‘We hope that ticket holders for this show accept our apologies for any inconvenience and hopefully we will see you at the show soon,’ the statement read

‘We do not want anyone to have a wasted journey, so please let the rest of your party know about this. 

‘We do not know when audiences will return to the show, but the dates on which the show will take place are still on the website and you may add yourself to the waiting list so that, if audiences are admitted back to the show on that date, we can contact you to let you know.

‘We hope that ticket holders for this show accept our apologies for any inconvenience and hopefully we will see you at the show soon.’ 

Today’s instalment of This Morning will see Kerry Katona talk to the panel as well as MasterChef hosts Gregg Wallace and John Torode. 

MailOnline has contacted Loose Women and ITV for comment. 

Warnings: The site has warnings about attending any filming under the current circumstances

Warnings: The site has warnings about attending any filming under the current circumstances

Following on: On Friday, The Jeremy Vine Show became the first UK TV show to cancel live studio audiences amid the coronavirus pandemic

Following on: On Friday, The Jeremy Vine Show became the first UK TV show to cancel live studio audiences amid the coronavirus pandemic

Across America, major broadcasters have cancelled studio audiences, with some even halting production altogether, amid the pandemic.

On Friday, The Jeremy Vine Show became the first UK TV show to cancel live studio audiences ‘for the time being.’ 

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A spokesperson told MailOnline on Friday that they made the decision – which took effect on Monday – ‘as a precautionary measure.’ 

Carrying on as normal: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway continued to host a 200-strong live studio audience over the weekend

Carrying on as normal: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway continued to host a 200-strong live studio audience over the weekend

The response from other UK broadcasters to the outbreak has been much softer in comparison, with most continuing to welcome studio audiences, allowing ticket holders to ‘attend shows unless they have any symptoms or have been informed that they have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.’ 

Many shows including Loose Women on ITV, BBC’s Question Time and The One Show, Countdown on Channel 4 and Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show are filmed in front of live studio audiences across the UK.

As coronavirus sweeps the world and the death toll rising daily, an estimated 5,000-10,000 people infected in the UK so far. 



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