CELEBS Go Dating made a cheeky dig at the EastEnders shutdown during Wednesday’s show.
Voiceover Rob Beckett appeared to refer to the soap deciding to stop filming amid the coronavirus pandemic while narrating a scene with the BBC show’s star Dean Gaffney in it.
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As Dean walked along the beach during the episode set in Caribbean, Rob said: “Don’t worry Deano, EastEnders ain’t on for ages.”
EastEnders announced on Wednesday that it’s cutting down episodes, so it’s thought the joke was a last-minute addition to Rob’s script.
Fans couldn’t help but notice the quip and flocked to Twitter to discuss it.
One wrote: “EastEnders ain’t on for ages.Well that was an awkwardly-timed joke.”
Another added: “You mean don’t worry Deano Eastenders has been cancelled?”
The soap will only be showing two episodes a week – on Monday and Tuesday – and removing Thursday and Friday showings from the telly schedule.
A statement from the soap reads: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.”
It comes after reports Coronation Street could be ‘forced down to two episodes a week’ because of coronavirus.
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The pandemic is currently gripping the nation and ITV bosses have held talks about how to cope with it and keep the shows on our screens.
Both soaps air six times a week and are shot a number of weeks in advance, but bosses are working to put a plan in place in case cast members get struck down by the sickness.
One Coronation Street cast member has already self-isolated over virus fears after returning from holiday earlier this month.
However, the unnamed actor has since been cleared to return to filming on the Cobbles.
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