Summer Love Island has been cancelled as the coronavirus continues to grind the TV industry to a halt.
Hundreds of television series have been cancelled or postponed, with ITV confirming Love Island is the latest to be added to that ever expanding list.
‘We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority,’ ITV boss Kevin Lygo confirmed.
‘In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question.
‘We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox.’
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Casting had already begun on the summer 2020 series of Love Island, with ITV receiving a record number of applicants.
‘Rising stars on social media had also been tapped up by producers, who were already picking out their favourites,’ an insider told The Sun.
‘Everything will be deferred to the winter version and everyone who was being lined up to appear in this series will be asked to see if they can appear in that series.
‘It’s a devastating blow to the entire team working on the show, as well as ITV as a whole but the safety of their contestants and anyone working on Love Island is paramount.’
Love Island host Laura Whitmore, who replaced Caroline Flack for the first ever Winter Love Island earlier this year, said: ‘Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021.
‘Great news is that there have been more applications then any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe.’
Last week, ITV ruled out filming in Cornwall after trying to explore all options.
Speaking at a controller session at the Edinburgh TV festival, Lygo began: ‘With Love Island, you know, it’s the first of these big shows with I’m A Celebrity, it’s November/December, I don’t think we can talk about it now but we’re looking at alternatives.
‘We don’t have to make a decision yet… we’re proceeding on the basis it’ll happen in a normal way.’
Love Island is available to catch up on ITV Hub.
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