Harry Redknapp and Nick Grimshaw forced to quarantine as BBC show hit by Covid
Celebrities including DJ Nick Grimshaw and former football manager Harry Redknapp have been forced to isolate for ten days after a crew member on Michael’s McIntyre’s show The Wheel tested positive for Covid.
The Mirror reported that several stars of the BBC show came into contact with the member of production backstage on Friday evening.
Since being informed of the test result this weekend, they are now taking precautions and have gone into quarantine.
This means that radio DJ Nick has been recording his daily Radio 1 from home this week.
The 36-year-old took to Instagram to share pictures of his DIY studio on Wednesday, captioning the snaps: “Live from me lounge this week!”
He is understood to have tested negative but is isolating as a precaution, telling one fan who asked if he was unwell: “Nah gotta isolate cos someone at work got Covid but all good here.”
74-year-old Harry is reported to have cancelled several engagements this week as a result of the positive test, including a lunch where he was due to give a talk.
He has also had a negative test result, but remains at home as a safety precaution according to government guidelines.
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The celebs starred on the BBC quiz show The Wheel whereby seven stars help contestants win cash prizes.
Other stars thought to have been on the same episode included TV presenters Carol Vorderman, Angela Scanlon and Andi Oliver.
Angela reportedly did not come in contact with the crew member and has been able to continue hosting The One Show this week.
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As for Carol, she posted a picture from the set of the show on May 29 and named her fellow celeb experts but has not stated whether she needs to be isolated.
A show source explained that only a “small number” of people came into contact with the person who tested positive, who was thought to have been working backstage and not mixing with the production crew on set helping to minimise the number of people needing to isolate.
Luckily, due to Covid precautions the audience watch the show from an adjacent viewing room to the cast and crew meaning that the are thought to be safe from any risk.
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A spokesman for The Wheel told the Mirror: “We can confirm an individual has tested positive for covid. The production has and will continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”
Show sources say next episodes of the show are still due to be filmed next week as normal and tickets to go and watch are still available online.
Host Michael McIntyre, 45, also did not come into contact with the crew member so will be able to continue hosting the show next week.
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