An insider told So Dramatic that while I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! had wrapped filming in the region, members of the Celebrity crew were staying on to work on the third season Love Island, which was due to begin filming this weekend. Both are produced by ITV.
The insider also divulged that multiple crew members have now returned positive COVID tests, which will halt production, either causing major delays to the show or resulting in its ultimate cancellation.
ITV has also spoken out in the wake of the drama, saying in a statement: “We take our CovidSAFE plan extremely seriously. The health, safety and welfare of the community, as well as our cast and crew, is our number one priority.”
The Mayor of Byron Shire, Michael Lyon, expressed disappointment in the situation, and accused the production teams of ‘bringing COVID to the region’.
“I am looking into our options this morning to rescind Council approval for the Love Island production, from the same studios that brought I’m a Celebrity, and Covid, to the region,” he wrote in a statement on Facebook yesterday.
While ITV has council approval to film for longer than 30 days, ministerial approval has not yet been given, and the team may not receive it in the wake of the outbreak.
“I’d say it is unlikely to proceed,” Mr Lyon added.
The future of the show remains to be seen.