Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy address ‘sad day’ as Sunday Brunch is pulled off air

Sunday Brunch presenters Simon Rimmer, 56, and Tim Lovejoy, 51, have told fans they are “sad” to learn they will not be hosting the live Channel 4 show this morning amid coronavirus fears. The show announced today’s episode has been taken off air on Twitter, just minutes before its scheduled start time.

We tried our hardest to get the show on air

Tim Lovejoy

In view of the show’s 378,000 Twitter followers, a statement reads: “We are sad to say that Sunday Brunch will not be on this morning as billed.

“We put the health and safety of our team above all else and cannot at this time record the show without risk to our presenters and crew.

“We very much hope to be back live on Sundays soon.”

Simon also shared the comment in view of his 267,000 followers, with the caption: “Sad day we couldn’t broadcast. But safety comes first. Back asap.”

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His co-star Tim went on to tell fans the team had “tried our hardest” to keep the show on air.

He wrote: “I’m so sad that we can’t broadcast today.

“We tried our hardest to get the show on air, but it proved impossible to do safely.”

He went on to tell fans to be safe as the coronavirus continues to spread.

“Please stay home and practice social distancing so we can take the pressure off the NHS and get through this,” he added.

Many fans of the Sunday Brunch flocked to Twitter to express their thoughts on the news.

One wrote: “Well everyone understands. Take care of the family and stay safe.”

A second commented: “Gutted but it’s the right decision for all the crew involved. We can’t be selfish in these strange times. Chin up.”

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“Ahh that’s understandable but so sad,” a third added.

Other fans suggested the show should air the duo’s best bits from over the years to keep them entertained.

The show’s decision not to air today comes after the government urged people to stay at home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

As of 9am today, 233 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

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5,018 people have also tested positive.

Many other much loved shows have scrapped having a live audience in a bid to stop the spread.

Last night, Ant and Dec presented their Saturday Night Takeaway show without an audience for the first time.

ITV have also temporarily scrapped a live audience for for Loose Women.

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