BREAKING: Love Island is officially cancelled this year

The first time a series has been cancelled in the show’s history

Love Island bosses have cancelled this year’s summer series in the wake of the pandemic.

ITV producers have cancelled the show due to safety fears that contestants could not be protected from infection, as the show is typically filmed abroad in Mallorca.

The show’s seventh series has been moved to 2021, though it has not confirmed whether this will be the usual Summer series, or another Winter series as debuted this year.

The Director of Television at ITV, Kevin Lygo, said: “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.

“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.”

The producers had previously discussed pushing the series back to later in the summer, but have since decided to call off the series altogether.

Rumours also circulated that the show would be filmed in the UK to lower the risk incurred by filming abroad, but producers quickly shut these rumours down, with a source telling The Sun: “It has that holiday vibe which they just wouldn’t be able to ever replicate on a dreary Wednesday in September in London.”

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