Two BGT judges ‘forced to self-isolate’ after coronavirus outbreak on set
Two of Britain's Got Talent 's TV judges have reportedly been forced to self-isolate after a coronavirus outbreak during filming.
Filming for the ITV programme's Christmas special was "postponed" after some of the crew tested positive for Covid-19.
According to The Sun, at least three of the crew tested positive before the first day of production began.
Now the publication has reported that half of the judging foursome– made up of Alesha Dixon, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell’s stand-in Ashley Banjo – were told they must isolate for 14 days.
A source said: "The production staff in question work closely with the judging panel, particularly two of them, meaning that once they had a positive test it was bosses' duty to inform them and send them home.
"They're now left at home for the foreseeable, and will have to take a test too before they can stop quarantining.
"The likelihood is they'll come back negative, but they're taking no chances and can’t be too safe right now. So they're playing a waiting game for now."
Bosses said that filming for the festive special has been "postponed" as "safety of of all those involved in the show is our number one priority".
A source told The Sun: "It's the last thing Britain’s Got Talent bosses would have wanted on day one of the new production.
"Everything was ready to go so they’re gutted it’s immediately ground to a halt. Everyone was told to stay away and those involved now must self-isolate.
"They can take no chances, particularly with some of the returning winners potentially vulnerable."
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A spokeswoman for the show told the publication: "As a result of a positive Covid-19 result received yesterday we have implemented our protocols and a number of crew members are self-isolating at home.
"As a result, we are unable to continue filming our BGT Christmas Special today and have taken the decision to postpone.
"The safety of all those involved in the show is our number one priority and we follow extensive Covid-19 related procedures to adhere to all Government guidelines."
Daily Star Online have contacted representatives of BGT for comment.
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