Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hotseat has been relocated to Queensland, just weeks after it was suspended due to the Masked Singer coronavirus outbreak.
The show hosted by Eddie McGuire is filmed at the same studios in Docklands, Melbourne as The Masked Singer, however, they’ve decided to avoid any risks in Victoria by taking the film crew on a ‘brief holiday’ to Brisbane.
Due to air in October, the new episodes will be filmed at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
"In more than 20 years of making Millionaire, this is the first time we've taken the show out of Melbourne,” host Eddie Maguire said in a statement.
“I can't wait to experience the hospitality that Queenslanders are renowned for. And with the AFL bubble based on the Gold Coast, there's no better place to be as we approach the pointy end of the season.
“I'm also looking forward to bringing all the news firsthand from the hub for Footy Classified."
Millionaire Hot Seat’s temporary home means Queenslanders will now have the opportunity to win some money.
It's expected that more than $1 million will be given away over the 30 episodes.
It comes after filming of The Masked Singer was shut down and stars were told to self-isolate after seven dancers on the show tested positive for COVID-19.
That number then grew to 16 members of the production team, with all of the cast and crew still in 14-day isolation.
Host Osher Gunsberg said the show was just two hours away from filming the grand finale before the whole thing was shut down.
Speaking to The Project on Sunday night via video link Osher said,“The pyrotechnics were loaded, everyone was in costume and we were ready to go.”
He went on to say a young person put their hand up and said “hold on guys, I’m not feeling well’”, and after that “they were brave enough to pull the emergency brake on the freight train and then we hit stop and everyone shut down”.
The Masked Singer has recorded all episodes except for the grand finale but Channel 10 has confirmed the finale will go ahead, News.com.au reports.