I'm A Celebrity 2021: Bosses AXE friends and family reunion segment for second year running over 'COVID fears'

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I’m A Celebrity bosses have been forced to axe this year’s friends and family segment  for the second year running due to Covid-19 fears.

The sentimental part of the show usually happens towards the end, and ITV producers reportedly wanted relatives to appear 48 hours before the end of the current series.

Representatives have confirmed to MailOnline that the segment will not be happening, much the same as last year. 

Sad: I'm A Celebrity bosses have been forced to axe this year's friends and family segment due to Covid-19 fears and breaking the bubble (Harry Redknapp and Sandra Harris pictured in 2018)

Sad: I’m A Celebrity bosses have been forced to axe this year’s friends and family segment due to Covid-19 fears and breaking the bubble (Harry Redknapp and Sandra Harris pictured in 2018)

A source told The Sun that show bosses did not see the point of getting friends and family to quarantine to enter the Welsh castle as it might all be for nothing if the celebrity ended up leaving early. 

They told the publication: ‘What with vaccines and the world learning to live with Covid, producers had hoped they’d be able to do [the segment]. 

‘One option was to get friends and family to quarantine, too — just as the celebrities did before they went in.

Axed: The sentimental part of the show usually happens towards the end, and ITV producers reportedly wanted relatives to appear 48 hours before the end of the current series

Axed: The sentimental part of the show usually happens towards the end, and ITV producers reportedly wanted relatives to appear 48 hours before the end of the current series

Scrapped: Representatives have confirmed to MailOnline that the segment will not be happening, much the same as last year (Vicky Pattison pictured with her mother Carol, 2015)

Scrapped: Representatives have confirmed to MailOnline that the segment will not be happening, much the same as last year (Vicky Pattison pictured with her mother Carol, 2015)

‘But that would prove to be a logistical headache and so many would end up doing it for nothing if their celebrity family member went home early.’ 

It comes after Richard Madeley was forced to pull out of the competition due to breaking the Covid bubble after he was rushed to hospital.

In the past, emotional reunions have included James Haskell and Richard’s daughter Chloe, Jacqueline Jossa and her husband Dan Osbourne and Vicky Pattison and her mother Carol. 

No point: A source told The Sun that show bosses did not see the point of getting friends and family to quarantine to enter the Welsh castle as it might all be for nothing if the celebrity ended up leaving early (Jacqueline Jossa pictured with her husband Dan Osborne, 2019)

No point: A source told The Sun that show bosses did not see the point of getting friends and family to quarantine to enter the Welsh castle as it might all be for nothing if the celebrity ended up leaving early (Jacqueline Jossa pictured with her husband Dan Osborne, 2019)

The segment became a firm fan favourite, though, after Jamie Redknapp was reunited with his wife Sandra back in 2018. 

He was surprised by her arrival, and exclaimed: ‘No!’ and hugged her for several moments. 

The reunion left viewers and presenters in tears, with one time host Holly Willoughby left in tears at the footage. 



Throwback: In the past, emotional reunions have included James Haskell and Richard Madeley's daughter Chloe (pictured)

Throwback: In the past, emotional reunions have included James Haskell and Richard Madeley’s daughter Chloe (pictured)

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