NBC’s “Late Night” won’t broadcast new episodes for the rest of the week after host Seth Meyers discovered Wednesday he tested positive for coronavirus.
“After negative tests Monday and Tuesday I tested positive for COVID this morning,” Meyers said on Twitter. ” Canceling shows the rest of this week. Apologies to our scheduled guests and loyal viewers!” Among those scheduled to appear this week were Nathan Lane, Maren Morris, Adam Pally, Issa Rae and Nikki Glaser.
It’s getting harder to find a late-night host who has not had to grapple with coronavirus in the last few years. Meyers also caught it in January, and Bill Maher, James Corden, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have had to take breaks from their CBS and ABC programs, respectively, when they have been diagnosed with catching the virus. Most news and talk shows maintain strict health practices and testing. Kimmel discovered he had coronavirus just before he was scheduled to make his traditional appearance at Disney’s recent upfront presentation in May.
All of TV has had to navigate its way through the pandemic era, but late-night shows have been among those affected the most significantly. Hosts ranging from Jimmy Fallon to Trevor Noah had to master a new art of taping a program remotely, using video technology to interview guests virtually, rather than live in the studio. Even “Saturday Night Live” has had to shake up its processes on occasion, doing some remote shows at the height of the pandemic and even putting on an episode with only a few cast members and guest host Paul Rudd when many people involved with the show were infected.