BID farewell to the firepit and steel yourself for far fewer swimsuits on the telly this summer.
The upcoming series of Love Island has been cancelled.
And it has thrown ITV bosses into crisis — with a gaping hole in their scheduling and angry wannabes furious at being dumped.
An insider said: “The decision to bin Love Island was made during crisis talks late on Friday and it’s become a huge headache for ITV.
“Of course the safety of their cast and crew is paramount but there are plenty of issues they’re now trying to iron out.
“Potential wannabes who were being lined up to become islanders have been left absolutely gutted.
“There’s a chance they could be heading into the winter series, but that’s a long way off.
“It’s a dream for some of them so there have been plenty of angry phone calls.
“Also, Love Island is the channel’s most popular show, so to lose it is going to have a devastating impact on ITV2.
“Filling that coveted 9pm slot for six weeks is also something they’re now trying to organise.
“It’s very frustrating, especially with shows like Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle doing so well.”
ITV boss Kevin Lygo confirmed Love Island wouldn’t be going ahead to my team yesterday after we were told of the decision on Sunday.
Kevin told The Sun: “We’ve 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.
“But Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021.”
Nobody has rolled their eyes and groaned about Love Islanders more than me — but like so many things lately, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
We could all do with a bit of light relief.
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