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ITV bosses’ decide not to include Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon in new Love Island series

Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon will not appear in the upcoming Best of Love Island series starting next week.

ITV bosses have made the tough decision to omit the two stars who have both taken their own lives since their appearances on the show.

The move is likely to divide fans who believe the pair deserve their own highs and were key personalities in the villa.

Difficult decision: ITV bosses have decided not to include clips of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon on the Best Of show airing next week

Difficult decision: ITV bosses have decided not to include clips of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon on the Best Of show airing next week

With no Love Island taking place this summer, ITV decided to broadcast a ‘best of’ series featuring the greatest moments from the six series.

But bosses decided not to include clips from Mike or Sophie in the series, he said The Daily Star.

A source from the show said, “The specials feature some of the show’s most romantic, hilarious, and memorable moments.

Tragically, the two reality stars have lost their lives since appearing on the controversial ITV show

Tragically, the two reality stars have lost their lives since appearing on the controversial ITV show

Tragically, the two reality stars have lost their lives since appearing on the controversial ITV show

“Out of respect for Mike and Sophie’s families, they don’t appear in these programs.”

It was recently revealed that ITV has dropped the Love Island winter series, with the show returning to screens in the summer of 2021.

“Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in the summer of 2021,” ITV announced in a statement to MailOnline.

It will come back ... eventually!  ITV dropped the Love Island winter series, with the show returning to screens in the summer of 2021

It will come back ... eventually!  ITV dropped the Love Island winter series, with the show returning to screens in the summer of 2021

It will come back … eventually! ITV dropped the Love Island winter series, with the show returning to screens in the summer of 2021

Deleting both the summer 2020 series and a winter series in early 2021 is largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, with restrictions on travel and filming creating huge problems for the show.

Pre-production on the winter 2021 series would take place at this point, but with so many quarantine and social hauling measures still in place, it’s thought it wouldn’t be possible to fly cast and crew to location and work safely.

Instead, producers want to focus on one bumper season of the show next summer, which is likely to return to Mallorca after the winter 2020 series set in South Africa.

The very first winter series of the show gave ITV2 the best viewing figures in January and February with an average of 3.1 million viewers.

On hold: The Summer 2020 series was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and on Monday, channel bosses announced that the next series of the ITV2 dating show will not be for a new year

On hold: The Summer 2020 series was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and on Monday, channel bosses announced that the next series of the ITV2 dating show will not be for a new year

On hold: The Summer 2020 series was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and on Monday, channel bosses announced that the next series of the ITV2 dating show will not be for a new year

Last month, it was announced that there will be no Love Island this summer, but the channel will instead repeat Love Island Australia’s first series (2018) from Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m.

ITV bosses pulled the plug on the summer series after casting had already started, revealing that it was a logistical impossibility to protect ‘the well-being of all involved’.

Kevin Lygo, television director at ITV said, “We’ve tried every way to make Love Island this summer, but logistically speaking, it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that ensures the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us priority.

Memories: Love Island was last broadcast on screens at the beginning of this year, when ITV2 commissioned South Africa's very first winter series to be made

Memories: Love Island was last broadcast on screens at the beginning of this year, when ITV2 commissioned South Africa's very first winter series to be made

Memories: Love Island was last broadcast on screens at the beginning of this year, when ITV2 commissioned South Africa’s very first winter series to be made

‘Under normal circumstances we would prepare very quickly to travel to the location in Mallorca to prepare the villa, but that is clearly out of the question.

We’re very sorry for fans of the show, but securing it is our primary concern and Love Island will be stronger than ever in 2021. Meanwhile, Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series Love Island on BritBox. ”

Hostess Laura Whitmore weighed in on the cancellation and said it was the right thing to do.

She tweeted, “As with many things due to travel restrictions, social distance and being unable to plan ahead, Love Island is being delayed until 2021.

Good news is that there are more registrations than any other series! Next year will become BIG. Stay safe.’

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Fan favorite: 'Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in the summer of 2021,' ITV announced in a statement to MailOnline

Fan favorite: 'Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in the summer of 2021,' ITV announced in a statement to MailOnline

Fan favorite: ‘Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in the summer of 2021,’ ITV announced in a statement to MailOnline

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