We've got a great studio audience... at home

Actor Kal Penn pantomimed high-fiving a bunch of seats on talk show Live With Kelly And Ryan as the camera followed him sprinting into a nearly empty studio.
Actor Kal Penn pantomimed high-fiving a bunch of seats on talk show Live With Kelly And Ryan as the camera followed him sprinting into a nearly empty studio. PHOTO: LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN/FACEBOOK

NEW YORK• "It feels like we're auditioning," dazed TV host Ryan Seacrest said on live television on Wednesday, before a sea of empty seats.

Two hours later, in another bare studio, Whoopi Goldberg sat at a table with her four co-hosts on The View and put it plainly: "For the first time ever, as you can see, if you looked around, we made the decision not to have a studio audience. This is unprecedented."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2020, with the headline 'We've got a great studio audience... at home'. Print Edition | Subscribe