As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, we’re seeing greater safety measures introduced and this is now starting to have an affect on the world of entertainment.
With plenty of shows and films being forced to halt production or push back their official release dates, we’re now seeing an impact on the filming of reality TV shows.
Entertainment insider Rob McKnight from TV Blackbox revealed to Kyle and Jackie O this morning that the coronavirus outbreak is now impacting the filming of Survivor All Stars.
He told us that host of the show Jonathan LaPaglia won’t be able to host the finale of the series because he can’t fly back into the country for it.
“Survivor is one of those shows that has been affected,” Rob told us. “Jonathan LaPaglia will not be part of the reunion special they’re filming on Thursday.”
Jonathan actually lives in the US and if he were to fly over to Australia he would have to quarantine himself for 14 days thanks to new measures introduced by the government yesterday, and therefore wouldn’t be available for filming.
“He can’t get back from America because of the 14-day quarantine,” Rob revealed.
While Survivor All Stars has mostly finished filming, the finale episode where they read out the tally of the final vote and announce the winner of Survivor is always filmed closer to the air date with a live audience.
A spokesperson for Endemol Shine Australia confirmed the news that Jonathan wouldn’t be physically present in 10’s Sydney studios on Thursday in a statement with TV Blackbox.
“Endemol Shine Australia is following Government directives as they are issued in preparation for the filming of Australian Survivor: All Stars Finale,” the statement read.
”The welfare of everyone involved in our shows is our number one priority so the filming will not have a live audience and host Jonathan LaPaglia will stay in the USA rather than travel to Australia.”
A replacement has already been announced for host of the finale, with Survivor superman Osher Gunsberg set to step into the role. Jonathan will also be part of the finale and will appear for part of it via satellite link from LA.
“Other Ginsberg is actually having to step in as the host and they will cross to Jonathan in a live cross scenario,” Rob McKnight told us.
Of course the Survivor All Stars finale also won’t be able to have an audience in the studio for this special either due to the rule that we can’t hold mass gatherings of more than 500 people and as per advice that we should be social distancing to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
“They’ve had to cancel the audience. As you might know, Channel 10 has cancelled audiences on The Project, Dancing With The Stars, Studio 10, so there are no audiences inside any productions, and now the host ins’t able to turn up.
“So that’s the effect the coronavirus is having.”
Rob also told us about how the coronavirus is impacting other shows like Ninja Warrior, The Voice and could possibly even effect The Masked Singer.