LOVE Island’s Amy Hart has hit back at those celebrating after the summer series was cancelled.
The 26-year-old told critics to think about the people who have lost their jobs after ITV said coronavirus had forced the show to be postponed until 2021.
Amy – who starred in Love Island 2019 – told fans: “I know there are bigger things going on but before you publicly celebrate the cancellation of Love Island, think of the 300+ freelancers who are without work.
“You didn’t celebrate when airlines stopped flying or all the theatres closed.
“Sending loads of love to the whole Love Island fam x.”
HOAR revealed today Love Island has been taken off air for the first time in the show’s history because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The decision to pull the plug on the popular ITV2 show came after bosses admitted they could not guarantee the safety of the contestants amid the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
It led some critics to make jokes about the cancellation, with one saying: “The good news – Love island 2020 cancelled. The bad news it’s coming back in 2021.”
Another added: “Some good news to come out of this pandemic. Love Island has been cancelled.”
Disappointed bosses revealed they had thought up ways to continue with filming, including testing the contestants for coronavirus and moving the dates to later in the year.
But following crisis talks on Thursday and Friday, it was decided the upcoming series of Love Island could not go ahead.
Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV told HOAR: “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.
“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.”