AN array of television shows have been cancelled between Christmas and New Year due to strict coronavirus restrictions – with bosses left scrambling to fill the depleted schedules.
With Omicron spreading through the UK population like wildfire, there are concerns about events being cancelled – and television shows are the first to fall victim.
The early morning news programme was due to air from December 29 to 31 in the lead up to the new year.
A spokesperson from ITV told The Sun on Monday: “There is a special GMB Christmas Day show which airs from 7-9am.
“But due to the pandemic and to protect our teams, we have decided to give them an extended break.
“GMB will not broadcast next week, but will be back on air on Tuesday, 4 January 2022.”
Amid mounting concerns among staff and presenters, telly chiefs made the call yesterday, with its staff agreeing to gingerly soldier on until the end of this week.
Presenters have also been asked to do their own make-up as nobody else will be allowed in the studio.
Shows scheduled for the mid-festive period will now be pulled entirely and replaced with another show, while the edition on Christmas Day has already been pre-recorded.
The Sun previously revealed how filming for the E4 show was thrown into chaos after one of the stars caught Covid and, due to them mixing with some of the other famous faces taking part, at least four people were forced to temporarily pull out.
It’s not the only Channel 4 show to be cancelled as a result of Covid.
Funnyman Joe Lycett’s Christmas special has also been axed – with the comedian taking to social media earlier today to confirm the news.
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The 33-year-old was due to record ‘Mummy’s Big Christmas Do!’ in front of an audience, but had pulled the plug due to the sheer volume of Covid infections.
The One Show, which usually airs at 7pm between Monday and Friday, is another show choosing not to air this week.
On Friday night, the BBC hosts also confirmed to viewers that they would be taking a break and would be returning in January.