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Love Island cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

This year's summer series of Love Island has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, bosses have confirmed.

ITV says the show will come back in 2021.

The announcement has been made after much speculation about how the hit reality series, which usually airs in the UK in June, would go ahead due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Image: Laura Whitmore took over from Caroline Flack as presenter for the first winter series earlier this year

Last week, ITV boss Kevin Lygo said he had ruled out filming in the UK rather than Majorca, after considering whether it could take place in Cornwall, and that he felt "uneasy" about airing a show that sees people "slathering over each other" while the rest of the nation is being told to socially distance.

Now, it has been officially called off.

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"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 well-being of everyone involved and that for us is the priority," Mr Lygo said.

"In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Majorca to get the villa ready but clearly that's now out of the question.

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"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."

Host Laura Whitmore, who took over presenting duties from Caroline Flack for the first winter series earlier this year, said this year's series, set to be the seventh, had received more applications than ever.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Caroline Flack attends the National Television Awards held at The O2 Arena on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Image: The show paid tribute to Flack following her death in February

"Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021," she tweeted.

"Great news is that there have been more applications than any other series!

"Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe."

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