ITV  cancel iconic reality show after 10 years leaving the cast ‘gutted’ 

In a major shake up, ITV have decided to ‘cancel’ the Weekender franchise ahead of the return of Big Brother later this year. 

The wild series, which has been running for 10 years, followed holiday reps and a group of young adults in some of Europe’s most renowned party destinations. 

Boozy partygoers jetted off to the likes of Ibiza, Magaluf and Kavos over the past decade and took part in the series. 

Weekender has produced a number of popular reality stars including David Potts and Jordan Davies, who are said to be ‘gutted’ by the news. 

An insider told The Sun: ‘The cast were recently informed that planned filming later this year has been cancelled and the show won’t be coming back. They’re all gutted as many of them have been on it for years and it’s always been a popular format.

‘The show won’t be coming back’: In a major shake up, ITV have decided to ‘cancel’ the Weekender franchise ahead of the return on Big Brother later this year

‘ITV2 have had to make some difficult decisions with the return of Big Brother taking up a big portion of the schedule later in the year, and it looks like the Weekender series is one of those casualties…

‘Obviously in telly land shows can always be resurrected, so it’s not necessarily gone forever, but for the foreseeable future it’s off the cards.’

For series one to three, Weekender was based in Magaluf at the Lively Hotel before moving to Ibiza for the fourth series in 2015 until 2020. 

Following the coronavirus pandemic, the ITV2 show relocated for the tenth series to the Morfeas Hotel in Kavos. 

The show followed two different sets of young people aged between 18 and 24 enjoying boozy nights and for some it was their first holiday without their parents. 

Cancelled! The wild series, which has been running for 10 years, followed holiday reps and a group of young adults in some of Europe's most renowned party destinations

Cancelled! The wild series, which has been running for 10 years, followed holiday reps and a group of young adults in some of Europe’s most renowned party destinations

It comes after Kavos Weekender star Ethan Aveiro revealed at the start of this year that he was ‘put on standby’ for a huge reality TV show, before joining the ITV series.

The model, 22, revealed he had been approached by Love Island in February 2022 and ‘went through the process’ of auditioning for the show, but later turned down the offer he received.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Ethan revealed: ‘So the whole TV process started for me last February and I was getting cast for Love Island, I just got approached on Instagram from the verified account.’

'Difficult decision': Weekender has produced a number of popular reality stars including David Potts (right) and Jordan Davies (left), who are said to be 'gutted' by the news

‘Difficult decision’: Weekender has produced a number of popular reality stars including David Potts (right) and Jordan Davies (left), who are said to be ‘gutted’ by the news

Ethan, who is pals with former Love Island stars such as Billy Brown, continued: ‘From then until about May I went through all of the checks and got to the final stage to the point they just had to offer me something.

‘Then ITV asked if I’d be interested in doing Weekender as they had me on the books, so I said yes as options are always nice and went through the same process but a lot quicker.

‘They then offered me a place so I went back and told Love Island to try and push them for an answer. They then said they could only offer me standby at this point and I didn’t want to take the risk.’

The footballer, who plays for Hashtag United alongside Toby Aromolaran, added: ‘Looking back I’m glad I chose it as it’s a bit more me, it’s light hearted, fun and relatable.’

And Ethan isn’t the only new Kavos Weekender rep who caught the Love Island producers eye.

Lucy Appleton, who boasts 671k TikTok followers, also went through the process but was later rejected by the ITV dating show.

'I didn't want to take the risk': It comes after Kavos Weekender star Ethan Aveiro revealed at the start of this year that he was 'put on standby' for a huge reality TV show, before joining the ITV series

‘I didn’t want to take the risk’: It comes after Kavos Weekender star Ethan Aveiro revealed at the start of this year that he was ‘put on standby’ for a huge reality TV show, before joining the ITV series

Rejection: Lucy Appleton, who boasts 671k TikTok followers, also went through the Love Island process but was later rejected by the ITV dating show

Rejection: Lucy Appleton, who boasts 671k TikTok followers, also went through the Love Island process but was later rejected by the ITV dating show



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