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'Jeopardy!' & 'Wheel of Fortune' Will Not Tape With Live Audiences Due To Coronavirus Risks

Live audiences have been suspended at Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Variety is reporting that the shows will not have live audience members for the see-able futures as coronavirus continues to spread.

There are three concerns when it comes to taping the shows with live audiences at the moment, with the biggest being that Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has a compromised immune system as he battles stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The other two reasons include that the audiences tend to skew older, and a lot of the audiences fly in from other places around the country to watch the show taping.

Both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! will tape episodes through mid-April.

Alex just recently shared an update with fans about his treatment for cancer.

Pat Sajak's Daughter Is All Grown Up As She Fills In For Vanna White on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Pat Sajak‘s daughter Maggie has grown up a lot since her last appearance on Wheel of Fortune!

The 25-year-old singer hasn’t appeared on the show since 1996, when she was just one-years-old.

Now, Maggie is helping run the show while her dad Pat recovers following an emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

While Vanna White has been taking on hosting duties, Maggie will be the show’s official letter toucher during her dad’s absence.

“I’m walking a little better now, and hopefully I’m a little more eloquent than last time,” Maggie joked during her appearance.

Thankfully, Pat has made a full recovery since Maggie‘s episodes were taped late last year.

READ MORE: Get all details on Pat‘s medical emergency

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Pat Sajak Reveals How Much Longer He Plans to Host 'Wheel of Fortune'

Pat Sajak won’t be hosting Wheel of Fortune forever.

The 73-year-old game show host revealed his thoughts about leaving the long-running show during an interview with Good Morning America on Friday (December 20) following his emergency surgery.

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“I’m not getting any younger. A couple of years. You know what I’m really sensitive about? I’d rather leave a couple years too early than a couple years too late…I don’t have a date in mind, but two, three [years], something like that,” he revealed of how much longer he’ll host the show.

He also spoke about his emergency surgery, and how scary it was for him and his family prior to that moment.

“I remember thinking, not in a morbid way, ‘I think this must be death. This must be what death is like.’ And all I thought of, hearing their voices, I thought, ‘Boy, their lives are gonna change now.’ And I felt badly for them. I didn’t feel badly about dying. I felt badly that they were gonna have to deal with the aftermath.”

READ MORE: Pat Sajak Provides Update Following Emergency Surgery

Vanna White's 'Wheel of Fortune' Hosting Gig Will Start Airing Next Week

Vanna White will fill in for Pat Sajak.

The 62-year-old co-host of the long-running Wheel of Fortune stepped up to host the show while Pat Sajak recovered from successful emergency intestinal surgery, starting with the “Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway” episode on Monday (December 9).

Pat was forced to cancel back in November while undergoing surgery, and the Vanna episodes will begin airing next week.

“The Wheel of Fortune taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work. Taping resumed today as scheduled, and Vanna White has stepped in a host,” the show confirmed last month.

“Even though the shows I missed haven’t started airing (they begin next week), I’m happy to say that I’m back in the studio taping today. It’s been four weeks since my ‘episode,’ but it feels longer. Nice to be back,” Pat Sajak wrote on Thursday (December 5).

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Pat Sajak Provides Update Following Emergency Surgery

Pat Sajak will be released from the hospital following his emergency surgery.

The 73-year-old Wheel of Fortune host provided an update to fans after it was revealed he had to be rushed to the hospital due to a blocked intestine last week.

“I’m so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness. Happy to say that the worst has passed, and I’ll be out of the hospital in a day of two, then back to work (unless @TheVannaWhite has completely taken over!),” Pat wrote on his Twitter.

While Pat has been recovering, longtime co-host Vanna White has been stepping in to host the show.

Pat is expected to return to the show after next week.

Vanna White Set to Host 'Wheel of Fortune' After Pat Sajak Hospitalized For Emergency Surgery

Pat Sajak is recovering after being hospitalized for emergency surgery.

The 73-year-old Wheel of Fortune host was rushed to the hospital on Thursday (November 7) to correct a blocked intestine.

Thankfully, Vanna White will be stepping in to host over the next two weeks.

The Wheel of Fortune taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the show shared on their official Instagram.

They added, “Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host.”

According to TMZ, while Vanna hosts, Mickey Mouse will be stepping in to turn the letters as the show is currently in the middle of Disney Week.

Get well soon Pat!