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After testing positive for COVID-19, Seth Meyers cancels a week of ‘Late Night’ shows

Seth Meyers cancels a week of 'Late Night' shows after testing positive for COVID-19.

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  • NBC has canceled this week’s episodes of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” due to the host’s positive COVID-19 test.
  • Meyers tweeted about his condition on Tuesday, saying he’s fine and that he’s been fully vaccinated with a booster shot.

Following the host’s positive test for COVID-19, NBC has canceled this week’s planned episodes of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” posing the latest challenge for late-night shows navigating production amid the pandemic.

Meyers tweeted about his condition on Tuesday, saying he’s fine and that he’s been fully vaccinated with a booster shot. Meyers spoke with Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley from “This Is Us,” and musician David Byrne on an original broadcast on Monday.

“Late Night” isn’t the only late-night show dealing with the difficulties of putting on a show amid coronavirus outbreaks.

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Due to concerns about the contagion, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” had to retool its annual holiday episode in December, airing an episode hosted by Paul Rudd and a few others. They mostly introduced taped segments and posted sketches with no live audience and no musical guest. 

Meyers’ late-night colleague Jimmy Fallon revealed earlier this week that he tested positive for COVID-19 while on NBC’s “Tonight” during a planned holiday hiatus, but that he has since recovered.

Seth Meyers cancels a week of 'Late Night' shows after testing positive for COVID-19.
Seth Meyers cancels a week of ‘Late Night’ shows after testing positive for COVID-19. Image from herald-review.com

Other hosts have also had to deal with the problem. When Bill Maher tested positive in May of last year, HBO had to cancel a broadcast of his show “Real Time.”

Most of the shows spent months doing “at home” broadcasts, in which the hosts spoke from a room in their home, a garage, or even a portion of their regular studio, with only a skeleton crew present. All of the shows have returned to their original studio settings, with the majority of them featuring live — and thoroughly tested — audiences.

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