“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 wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority,” Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said in a statement Monday.
The move comes after a turbulent year for the series, highlighted by the death by suicide of longtime host Caroline Flack as she awaited trial for an alleged assault.
“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,” Lygo added.
His statement stressed that the show would return “stronger than ever” in 2021.
ITV added a winter series in January to capitalize on the show’s success meaning 2020 would have been the first year in which two series of the show were aired.
Productions are shut down across the western world and observers have noted that networks and streaming services may soon have to rely on their catalog of re-runs.