ITV fury as Dani Dyer break-up throws its Christ­mas Love Is­land spe­cial into tur­moil

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Talk Of The Town - By Katie Hind SHOW­BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR

ITV bosses have been left bro­ken-hearted by the de­ci­sion of Love Is­land win­ners Dani Dyer and Jack Fin­cham to split – be­cause it has plunged two of their high-pro­file shows into chaos.

Dani took to so­cial me­dia on Thurs­day to an­nounce the ro­mance was over, just as a pub­lic­ity blitz for ITV’s Love Is­land Christ­mas spe­cial was swing­ing into ac­tion.

The cou­ple were also close to fin­ish­ing film­ing for Jack And Dani: Life Af­ter Love Is­land, a spin-off show fol­low­ing their re­la­tion­ship, which was due to be­gin in Jan­uary.

A source told The Mail on Sun­day: ‘This is a disas­ter. Dani’s an­nounce­ment came out of nowhere. It is all very em­bar­rass­ing given that the Love Is­land Christ­mas spe­cial is be­ing trailed. They are the stars of the show and now there is not enough time to film it all.’

The in­sider added: ‘ITV know this will af­fect their rat­ings. As for the show in the New Year, it is still sched­uled to air but, again, it will all ap­pear disin­gen­u­ous. This split came out of nowhere and no­body had any time to pre­pare.’

ITV bosses had been groom­ing Dani, 22, and sta­tionery sales­man Jack, 26, to be­come the ‘faces’ of ITV2 and at­tract younger view­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers. It is un­der­stood that she was paid a ‘high six-fig­ure’ fee to take part.

While Dani’s chaste be­hav­iour on Love Is­land won the ap­proval of many of its 3.6mil­lion view­ers, she to­day ad­mits her re­la­tion­ship with Jack be­came harder away from the cam­eras.

In an in­ter­view with You mag­a­zine, con­ducted and printed be­fore the split, she ad­mit­ted: ‘Peo­ple said Love Is­land was test­ing, but it was a bub­ble. Com­ing out, that was the real test.’

Dani, whose fa­ther, Danny, is a star on BBC’s EastEn­ders, said she was dis­ap­pointed that Jack sug­gested to a tabloid news­pa­per that their sex life had been dis­ap­point­ing. But she main­tained that he was the out­stand­ing male com­peti­tor in the Ma­jor­can villa where the re­al­ity show was filmed, ad­ding: ‘There wasn’t any­one fit to tie his boot­laces on Love Is­land.’

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