'Doing our part': The Project explains why there's no live audience

Watched The Project on Three and noticed it's a little quieter than usual? That's the show doing its part to help protect Kiwis amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.

"From tonight The Project will not be filmed in front of a live studio audience," a MediaWorks spokesperson said.

"This is part of MediaWorks' commitment to the wellbeing and health of New Zealanders in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We will remain audience-free for the foreseeable future until it is safe for the huge crowds of people who love attending The Project filming to come back.

"Other shows are being reviewed on a case by case basis."

Host Jesse Mulligan said this is the show "doing our part".

"We've taken the really hard decision here at The Project to cancel our live studio," he said, before the camera showed a few people separated in the audience seats.

"These are lovely members of our staff. They've been instructed to stay two-metres apart from each other."