Holly Willoughby’s new ITV show ‘postponed’ over coronavirus fears

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Holly Willoughby's new show has been postponed over safety fears amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The 39 year old was gearing up to front new show The Real Games alongside cricketer Freddie Flintoff this summer, but plans for the show have been shelved.

This Morning host Holly's show was set to see celebrities going head to head in a number of different sporting challenges.

Six male and six female celebrities were due to battle it out in an athletics arena, swimming pool and gym with events believed to have included the 100 metre sprint and doubles diving.

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But the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left ITV bosses fearing for the safety of the stars and crew of the show.

An insider told Manchester Evening News that The Real Games had been postponed "because of the potential impact on filming."

Strictly Come Dancing star Alex Scott was also due to appear on the show as a trackside reporter, while Chris Kamara would act as commentator.

Holly previously said of the show: "I'm really excited to be presenting The Real Games with Freddie and the rest of the team.

"I can't wait to watch our celebrity competitors go head-to-head."

Freddie, 43, added: "This is going to be a brilliant week of TV. Our celeb competitors will need to be at the top of their game to be in with a chance of topping the medals table."

The news comes as a fresh blow for ITV after it was reported last month that Britain's Got Talent won't go ahead this year.

Producers of the show are said to be "almost certain" the programme could be scrapped for this year, with the series not likely to be put on air until spring 2022.

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BGT recently announced the show would be postponed until later this year, as it had been hoped the variety show would be able to hold auditions over the summer so the show could air in the autumn.

But, Thames TV and Simon Cowell’s company Syco, who make the programme, are said to have reluctantly conceded that there are no guarantees the show could happen at all this year due to the pandemic.

A source told Mirror Online: "The nature of Britain's Got Talent means we have all sorts of contestants from all sorts of places – home and abroad – taking part.

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"While many people will have been vaccinated by the summer it remains unclear what the restrictions on mass mingling and on travel will be, so there are absolutely no guarantees production can go ahead.

"The chances of it airing this year range from extremely slim to non-existent – and it’s almost certain to be the latter. No one's happy about it – but that’s the way it is."

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