LOVE ISLAND host Laura Whitmore and former Islanders have promised the show will be bigger and better than ever when it returns in 2021.
Laura told fans the next series will be “BIG” after ITV announced their decision to pull the plug on the summer show amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
She wrote: “Great news is that there have been more applications than any other series!” Next year is going to be BIG.”
Meanwhile, season five favourite Amy Hart said she was “sending loads of love” to the Love Island team.
She wrote: “Sending loads of love to everyone who works at LI and to everyone who was prepping to strut in to that villa. Can’t wait for next year’s series.”
Arabella Chi, who starred on the show last year, added: “Thinking of everybody that was working on the show and all the contestants prepping for the show.”
Jack Fowler – who appeared on the show in season four – joked that his summer TV schedule was now up in the air.
He wrote: “So hang on… what are we suppose to rush home for now?”
Love Island had looked at a number of ways they could try and continue with filming, including testing the contestants for coronavirus and moving the dates to later in the year.
However when crisis talks were held over Thursday and Friday it was decided the upcoming series of Love Island was simply not going to be viable.
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.”