Friday, March 13, 2020

Nickelodeon Postpones 'Kids’ Choice Awards' Amid Global Coronavirus Outbreak

The stars will have to wait to get slimed.


Nickelodeon is pushing back the date of its annual Kids’ Choice Awards, joining the growing list of live events, conventions and conferences that are being canceled or postponed amid a global pandemic that has seen over 1,200 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the U.S.

“The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority,” a Nickelodeon spokesperson told Variety. “We will have further information about a new date in the future.”

Fans can still vote for their favorites online at http://www.kidschoiceawards.com.

Chance the Rapper was set to be show's host. However, with the rescheduled date, there's no word if he will still be the host when it comes back.

Justin Bieber was announced to perform before the show was rescheduled. If it doesn't conflict with his upcoming tour schedule, fans can still probably expect him to put on a show at the awards.

The news follows Nickelodeon postponing SlimeFest, a two-day family-friendly music festival which was set to be held in conjunction with KCA 2020. Internationally, Nickelodeon UK has postponed the Nickelodeon Big Base Camp, which was set to be held in Greenwich, London during Easter 2020, and Nickelodeon has cancelled Nickelodeon Kids‘ Choice Awards: Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz, Nickelodeon GSA's localised version of Nickelodeon's 2020 Kids' Choice Awards, opting for a smaller awards show instead.

Earlier Wednesday, a slew of television shows that film in from of a live viewers announced that they would tape without a studio audience, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS’ Late Show With Stephen Colbert, NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Fox News Channel’s The Greg Gutfeld Show.

In scripted television, Riverdale suspended production on its current season after a member of production came into contact with a person who had tested positive for COVID-19. A crew member who worked on the upcoming Fox series neXt tested positive for COVID-19 while filming in Chicago. And CBS’ Survivor has suspended production of Season 41, which was slated to start filming in Fiji later in March, over the “growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19.”

Originally published: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 18:07 GMT.

H/T: Special thanks to @RealMagitroopa for the news; Additional source: Seventeen.
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