The decision to film both of the long-running game shows sans audience came down on March 9. TMZ first reported the news, and the three reasons for the decision include the following: Alex Trebek has a compromised immune system due to his stage 4 pancreatic cancer treatment; The average audience member for both of these shows is in their 60s, and that age group and older have been deemed vulnerable to the coronavirus; and many of the studio audience members are people from out of town and potentially from areas with widespread coronavirus outbreak.

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has recently shared his thoughts on the late Alex Trebek.

Sajack spoke highly of the Jeopardy! host during a recent interview with PEOPLE (the TV Show!) earlier this week. Trebek passed away on November 8, 2020.

“No one admires what he accomplished more than I do,” Sajak told People Show. “I know a bit about what it takes. He was terrific. In terms of courage and grace under pressure, no one was better,” he continued.

Trebek’s final episode of Jeopardy! airs tonight (Friday, January 8).