Much-anticipated Seven series Holey Moley has been shutdown outside Los Angeles.
A US-based crew member has reportedly told producers Eureka he had recently been in contact with someone who has since tested positive to COVID-19.
The series shooting on a ranch outside LA has some 400 – 500 people, including Brian ‘BT’ Taylor, Olympia Valance and US actor /comedian Rob Riggle.
The shutdown is a major blow to Seven’s 2020 scheduling plans.
On Monday Taylor told Triple M Hot Breakfast he expected to miss the first 3 weeks of the AFL season due to the 14 day self-isolation rule.
“If someone here gets coronavirus then it’s all over for us…. that will require more than 14 days isolation I’m led to believe. I’m really concerned, and I’m really fearing go back into LA airport to get out of this place in, I think about 7 days.”
At the time he added, “No-one in our group has shown any symptoms at all. We feel we’re pretty well isolated in this hotel. There are 64 reality contestants in this group … trapped in a hotel with the production staff. It is absolutely bizarre and really, really weird.”
Greg Norman was reportedly due to arrive today and US player Stephen Curry (who appears on the US version) was also set to join.
Seven is already facing upheaval from Australia’s Got Talent and Around the World in 80 Days and potentially AFL & Olympics, while rating and company shares are down.
Seven and Eureka have been contacted for comment.
Source: TV Blackbox