I’m A Celebrity bosses forced to scrap show’s emotional family reunions due to Covid-19

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EXCLUSIVE by ANDY HALLS, TV Editor

I’M A Celebrity chiefs have scrapped emotional family reunion scenes.

Producers had hoped to have a relative or close pal of each of the remaining campmates enter the castle in the final 48 hours.

I’m A Celeb bosses have been forced to scrap the show’s emotional family reunions, like that of Harry Redknapp and wife Sandra Harris’ in 2018, due to Covid
An emotional Jacqueline Jossa reunites with husband Dan Osborne after winning the show

But they have decided to axe the segment due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2018 footie’s Harry Redknapp was reduced to tears when wife Sandra entered the Australian jungle as a surprise. A show source said: “ITV were desperate to include the segment as it is always really sweet and heart-warming.

“It’s also a nice lift for the celebs who are fed up after three weeks of rations and being away from family.

“But this year they’ve realised with Covid rules and restrictions, it’s just too much of a logistical headache, so have had to knock it on the head.”

Malique Thompson-Dwyer is evicted and is joined by his mother Debbie in 2018

The rules also mean for the first time, the winner will not be met by a loved one.

They will spend one night in the Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire, for TV commitments before being driven back to London to film spin-off show The Daily Drop, hosted by Vick Hope.

Kate Garraway is embraced by husband Derek Draper in the show’s 19th series
Noel Edmonds shares a touching moment with his wife Liz Davies

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