Britains Got Talents Ashley Banjo talks shows filming shutdown –

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Britain’s Got Talent judge Ashley Banjo has publicly addressed the show’s work stoppage due to a COVID-19 scare.

ITV announced earlier this week that it would suspend filming on BGT‘s Christmas special because three members of the crew had tested positive for the virus.

Banjo and his fellow judges have subsequently had to self-isolate as a safety precaution, meaning he could only join a previously-scheduled One Show appearance on Friday (October 16) live video from home.

“I’ve just kind of been taking the precautions since earlier in the week,” he explained. “When you realise there are a few positive tests around, it’s always safe just to keep away and make sure it’s okay.

britain's got talent 2020 judge ashley banjo, sitting at his desk behind buzzer during semi final 1

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“Hopefully, everything is okay.”

His fellow Diversity member Jordan Banjo pointed out that it was a necessity for Ashley to isolate, since he could risk exposing the entire group.

The format of the special is to include classic Britain’s Got Talent acts from the past returning for a festive reunion, but production cannot go forward until ITV deems it safe.

“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,” a BGT spokesperson said this week.

britain's got talent 2020 semi final 1   david walliams, alesha dixon, ashley banjo at the judges' table

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“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.”

The Britain’s Got Talent Christmas special is expected to premiere later this year on ITV.

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