Coronavirus emergency sees James Corden and Ellen DeGeneres chat shows taken off air

Danny Thompson
The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Tuesday, December 11, 2018, with guests Ellen DeGeneres and Patrick Wilson. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)

Popular US chat shows Ellen and The Late Late Show have been taken off air with production halted as coronavirus pandemic leads to President Trump declaring a national state of emergency.

The shows, hosted by Ellen Degeneres and James Corden respectively, are the latest casualties in the entertainment industry which has also seen movie releases delayed and music events cancelled.

The Covid-19 pandemic has tightened its grip on the States in recent days, which has lead to Trump to take the decision to declare a national state of emergency which loosens regulations on the provision of healthcare and could speed up testing.

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Speaking of the decision to take The Late Late Show off air, host James Corden tweeted: "After much deliberation we've decided to suspend The Late Late Show for the time being.

"We really explored every option to try and put a show on for you but right now feel the safest thing to do is to stop for a moment and take advice further down the line. Stay safe out there."

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Meanwhile DeGeneres tweeted: "Hey there. Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th.

"We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy.

"I love you guys, and can't wait to come back. I'm already bored."

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Speaking at a press conference while declaring a national state of emergency, President Trump said: “No resource will be spared, none whatsoever.

“Our overriding goal is to stop the spread of the virus...and this will pass, and we’re going to be stronger for it.”

He added. “All Americans have a role to play” in curbing the pandemic.