'Amazing Race' suspends filming, sends contestants home in coronavirus precaution

This image released by CBS shows host Phil Keoghan in a scene from last season's competition series "The Amazing Race." (AP)

LOS ANGELES — The globe-trotting reality series “The Amazing Race” is taking a breather as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak affecting several countries.

CBS said in a statement Friday that it had temporarily suspended production and was sending contestants and crew members home as a precautionary measure.

体育投注“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,” a CBS spokesperson told AP and multiple media outlets.

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体育投注Filming on the show’s 33rd season was in its early stages.

The network says none of its contestants or crew have exhibited any signs they've been infected by coronavirus, but they will continue to be monitored after they return home.

体育投注 that three episodes had been filmed so far and contestants had visited England and Scotland, before it was suspended.

体育投注The show's 32nd season has already finished production and is awaiting a premiere date, .

体育投注The 33rd season had not been formally announced by CBS, and its air date is likely quite a ways away.