With the outbreak of Coronavirus impacting not just health but our travel plans, the economy and even the availability of products on our supermarket shelves, it now seems that the virus is impacting the world of TV.
Last week CBS and producers of the American version of The Amazing Race announced that they would be suspending production on the show due to the continued spread of coronavirus around the world.
The long-running reality show sees teams race around the world, traveling to numerous different countries, with the aim of making it first over the finish line to win the prize money.
A CBS spokesperson said that they stopped production as a precaution.
“At this time, no races or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it,” said the statement.
“Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and well-being of the racers and the production team are our top priorities.”
This now brings into question the future of the Australian version of The Amazing Race which was brought back to our screens with Channel 10 last year.
Host of the travel competition show Beau Ryan told Kyle and Jackie O this morning that as far as he knows, there’s nothing to worry about.
He told us that instead of cancelling production altogether, producer on the Aussie version will make necessary changes to keep things safe for those involved.
“Your Amazing Race is probably going to get cancelled as well right?” Kyle teased Beau.
“I got a call yesterday from some people at Ten and I didn’t really see the news about CBS but we’ve already changed our route twice with the Amazing Race to try and stay away from some of the Asian countries,” Beau told us.
“Why don’t you suggest the south island of New Zealand, Tasmania and Antarctica,” Kyle added sarcastically.
“Well in all honesty, if worst comes to worst we’re doing an Australian one,” Beau added, claiming the series could hold the competition solely in Oz instead of various countries around the world.
“I trust them, I believe them, they’ve been good to me,” he said.
So it looks like there’s no plans as of yet to postpone or cancel filming of the Australian Amazing Race anytime soon!