Killing Eve star Jodie Comer pulls out of play minutes into show

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Jodie Comer halted a performance of Broadway show Prima Facie due to the hazardous air in New York City caused by wildfires in Canada.

The Killing Eve star put a stop to a matinee performance of the show, telling the audience she could not carry on with her performance as she could not sufficiently breathe, an audience member told Deadline.

They said Comer was just three minutes into her starring role as Tessa before she coughed and told the stage manager: "I can't breathe in this air."

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Reportedly, the performance began 10 minutes late before Comer addressed the audience and the curtain was lowered marking the end of the show. An announcement was then made following Comer's speech that told audience members to stay seated until producers came to a decision on whether the matinee would be cancelled or if it would proceed with an understudy taking Comer's place.

Understudy Dani Arlington then went on to complete the show, a spokesperson confirmed to Deadline.

It comes as New York's air quality was put in the "very unhealthy" category as smoke travelled south from Canada's ongoing wildfires. At least 13 US states have issued air quality alerts, impacting an estimated 115 million people.

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The pollution in NYC has seen Writer's Guild of America East members has also put a stop to picketing for the rest of the week amid the ongoing writer's strike.

The strike has seen many shows and movies halt production in recent weeks, including Uncoupled, Big Brother USA, Daredevil: Born Again, Jennifer Lopez's new movie Unstoppable and The Last of Us is now pausing auditions for season 2.

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