In New York, Many TV Shows Don't Go On

Many national TV shows are taped before live audiences in New York — except without a subway, there was no way for the audience to get there. So cue the cancellations: Live with Kelly, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and a special week's worth of Jimmy Kimmel broadcasts were canceled Monday. David Letterman did do his show — without the audience.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Cue the cancellations. Our last word in business today is: live audience.

With most of the East Coast shut down and all public transit halted in New York City, many of the major TV talk shows based in the Big Apple have gone dark this week.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

"The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," scrapped their live shows Monday and have yet to decide about tonight. Katie Couric's show and "Live with Kelly and Michael," were also suspended and Jimmy Kimmel canceled a planned show from his hometown, Brooklyn.

MONTAGNE: But the show went on for at least two entertainers.

JIMMY FALLON: Everybody, this is Jimmy Fallon. I'm here on 50th Street in Manhattan. I'm hoping, if you're watching, you're at home.

INSKEEP: Late-night host, Jimmy Fallon and David letterman both taped shows Monday to empty houses. Each had guests but the camera panned over to empty seats.

MONTAGNE: The show goes on here too, all morning long at MORNING EDITION, as well as on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. We're @NPRInskeep and @MORNING EDITION.

INSKEEP: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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