ITV has cancelled the summer series of its hit dating show Love Island amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the broadcaster has officially confirmed.
The news comes as several shows are being put on hold as the deadly pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe. Reports state the broadcaster was trying to get the summer edition to air but feared for the safety of the show crew and its contestants.
“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’s Director of Television Kevin Lygo said in a statement. “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 safe is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021.”
Airing on ITV2, Love Island has been one of the most-watched programs across the U.K., with the 2019 series reaching a record 3.3 million viewers. January saw the first winter edition air but viewer fatigue set in as it attracted just 2.39 million, its lowest launch-night ratings since the 2017 series.
All six series of Love Island are available for streaming on BritBox.