CBS has halted production on their Emmy-winning reality competition series The Amazing Race due to concerns over the coronavirus epidemic. The network announced the news via a statement to Variety magazine and explained that it was a precautionary measure.
“Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series,” a CBS spokesperson said in the statement.
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The network went on to say that all of the contestants and the production staff are currently in the process of returning home. They also made it clear that none of the racers are anyone on the traveling production teams have contracted the coronavirus. No one has shown any symptoms, and CBS is not aware of anyone being exposed to the virus.
However, to be on the safe side, they will continue to monitor everyone involved with the show when they return home because the health and well-being of the racers and their production team are top priorities.
According to People magazine, CBS had not yet announced the details of Season 33 of The Amazing Race. They had only shot three episodes so far, which took place in England and Scotland. Season 32 has already wrapped production and will premiere later this year.
The choice to temporarily suspend filming on The Amazing Race comes as health officials have warned that the virus will spread in the United States. The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that has symptoms like shortness of breath, fever, cough, and headache.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Center for Disease Control, said last week that it wasn’t a question of if it will happen in America, but when.
“We are asking the American public to prepare in the expectation that this could be bad,” said Dr. Messonnier.
The number of cases outside of China continue to rise, with numbers growing rapidly in Italy and South Korea. The first American fatality due to the coronavirus happened over the weekend after cases started to be reported in a number of states.