CBS has temporarily shut down production of the upcoming 33rd edition of Emmy winning “The Amazing Race” amid the increasing number of cases of coronavirus worldwide. The move was made “out of an abundance of caution,” as the respiratory virus has not impacted anyone directly involved with the show.
“All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home,” the network said in a statement. “At this time, no racers or anyone on the production team travelling 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.
The 33rd season of the global unscripted competition series was only a couple of weeks into production. Three episodes had been filmed thus far, according to a source, and the contestants had visited England and Scotland prior to the suspension of the production. Season 32, the upcoming season, has already been filmed and completed, though it does not yet have a premiere date.
No new production start date for Season 33 has been announced.