Instead of the usual live show, ITV instead aired a compilation episode showcasing some of the best clips and previously unseen footage from the past week of the competition.
The change prompted many viewers whether the episode was a last-minute fix by the broadcaster caused by an outbreak of coronavirus in Gwrych Castle.
“#Covid in the castle?!” wrote one viewer on Twitter. “Only explanation for this.”
“Do people reckon Covid has hit I’m a Celebrity?” asked another. “Can’t understand why they are showing a recap show after less than a week on prime time viewing.”
“Has someone caught Covid-19 on that I’m a Celebrity? Just showing repeats of all week,” wrote someone else.
However, the decision to air compilation episodes on Saturday nights was actually announced before the series began.
Has someone caught COVID-19 on that I’m a celebrity ? Just showing repeats of all week 😷😷
— Deeaitch (@Andrewhodge88) November 21, 2020
Do people reckon Covid has hit I’m a Celebrity? Can’t understand why they are showing a recap show after less than a week on prime time viewing 🤷♂️ #ImACeleb
— Ian Feaver (@feaver11) November 21, 2020
The fact that the pre-recorded episode was scheduled in advance will likely prove of little consolation to the I’m a Celebrity fans who hoped to tune in for a brand new episode, however.
Many viewers were angry and disappointed at the lack of new I’m a Celebrity content, voicing their dissatisfaction on social media.
I’m a Celebrity airs nightly on ITV at 9pm.