In a not-so-happy New Year’s development, Seth Meyers has tested positive for COVID-19, throwing a wrench into the next week of planned Late Night shows.
On Monday, Meyers hosted a fresh broadcast of his show, which included guests like Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley from This Is Us as well as musician David Byrne, per Variety. On Tuesday, Meyers announced that he had tested positive.
“The good news is, I feel fine (thanks vaccines and booster!),” Meyers tweeted. “We are canceling the rest of the shows this week, so tune in next Monday to see what cool location we will try and pass off as a studio!”
Seth Meyers Joins Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher in Testing Positive
But Meyers is not alone among late-night hosts to test positive for COVID-19. Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Tonight, recently revealed that he’d tested positive for the virus during a holiday hiatus of his show. Fallon has since recovered. And Real Time host Bill Maher had to cancel a show last May after testing positive.
Many of the late-night shows went through a period of pared-down broadcasts from their home basements, studies or garages, or from their television studio with only a skeleton crew in place to film. They have since returned to normal broadcasts with live, tested and in some cases vaccinated audiences watching live from the studio.
Saturday Night Live also had to make some changes as the virus spread through its cast and crew. Its annual holiday episode last month, hosted by Paul Rudd, featured taped segments without a live audience or musical guest.
SNL Grappled with Coronavirus Outbreak
What’s more, Seth Meyers is not the only comedian to change his plans over the Omicron variant. In December, four SNL actors tested positive for COVID-19, and three others stayed home because they were afraid to show up at Manhattan’s 30 Rockefeller Center, where the show is taped, the New York Post reported.
“Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the show will have limited cast and crew,” an SNL rep told The Post at the time. “The show continues to follow all government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous testing protocol.”
A source told the Post that “everyone is fearful here” but that Lorne Michaels was overseeing rehearsals and trying to go on with the show. The SNL outbreak struck as a collection of Broadway shows also shut down due to COVID-19 cases among their ranks.