Laura Whitmore confirmed the news on her Instagram this morning.
Speculation over whether Love Island would go-ahead this year has been rife for weeks, with ITV bosses assuring fans that they were doing all they could to try and make it happen. But it looks like it's not to be as Laura Whitmore confirmed that the summer 2020 edition has been cancelled.
And though fans have been expecting the news to come for a while now, they're disappointed all the same.
Sharing a photo of herself while on hosting duties in the villa, Laura accompanied the pic with a love heart caption and a statement that reads:
"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 than any other series. Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe."
Usually kicking off at the end of May/early June, the show was due to begin in only a matter of weeks. ITV also released a statement on the matter, posting to the official Love Island Instagram account and writing:
"ITV2 are sad to announce that Love Island series 7 will move to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic."
The statement also quotes Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV who added:
"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."
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