are they running out of money?
My missus pointed out last night that the show is looking cheaper by the week. they don't have the studio audience anymore so this could mean that they didn't book one in advance, as they are making up the show on the fly, or they can't afford one.
the show is really cheap as they recycle material so much. they even re-use footage that was just shown before the commercial. I've always thought that the stemware looked a bit tupperware and all they seem to drink is booze and pop drinks - do you ever see a salt rimmed marguerita avec fruit slice?
anyway, i think that they are running out of money.