With the coronavirus quickly spreading worldwide, CBS has made the decision to put a pause on The Amazing Race season 33!
Although no one involved with the production of The Amazing Race season 33 has contracted coronavirus, CBS made the decision to halt the series as a precaution according to Variety.
Season 33, which had not yet been announced, was just a few weeks into production. It’s believed that about three episodes had been filmed before production had to stop. The series, which takes place around the globe, had already filmed in England and Scotland before the halt. Season 32 has not yet aired on television has already completed filming.
A CBS spokesperson commented, “Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series.”
It was also revealed that all the contestants and production staff are currently in the process of returning home after production was put on hold.
CBS also made it clear that, “At this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it. Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and well-being of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities.”
It’s not clear when The Amazing Race season 33 will be able to continue production, with the coronavirus continuing to spread globally.
Meanwhile, premieres of movies like Disney’s Mulan and the new James Bond film No Time to Die have been canceled in China. Groups like BTS and Green Day have had to cancel or postpone upcoming concerts and appearances. Disney theme parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo have also been temporarily closed.