Ashley Banjo says he is self-isolating as a ‘precaution’ after BGT crew tests positive for Covid-19

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Ashley Banjo appeared to be in good spirits as she told fans he was self-isolating as a precaution after the crew of the BGT Christmas Special tested positive for Covid-19.

The diversity star, 32, who replaces Simon Cowell as judge on the ITV show, appeared on The One Show on Friday via video call from her home.

When asked how he behaved by host Alex Jones, he said, “I’m inside. Keep me to myself. I’ve just been taking the precaution since the start of the week.

Positive: Ashley Banjo appeared in high spirits as he gave fans an isolation update during his appearance on The One Show on Friday

“If you realize that there are a few positive tests it is always safer to make sure you are okay. I hope everything is okay.

At least three crew members tested positive before day one of filming, meaning Ashley and fellow judges Alesha Dixon and David Walliams went into self-isolation.

They are believed to have come into direct contact with one of the crew members, while Amanda Holden allegedly did not.

A spokeswoman for Britain’s Got Talent said at the time: ‘Following a positive result on Covid-19 received yesterday, we have implemented our protocols and a number of crew members are isolating themselves at their home.

Caution: The dancer, along with fellow judges David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, had to self-quarantine as a `` precaution '' after coming into contact with some of the crew

Caution: the dancer, along with fellow judges David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, had to quarantine as a “precaution” after coming into contact with some of the crew

“As a result, we are unable to continue filming our BGT Christmas special today and have made the decision to postpone.

“The safety of everyone involved in the show is our number one priority and we follow extensive Covid-19 related procedures to adhere to all government guidelines.

The Christmas special had not been officially announced, but it had previously been reported that the show will feature some of the show’s most successful acts.

Instead of just competing on their own, the artists will compete against each other to impress audiences.

Update: Ashley told The One Show 'it's always safer to make sure you're okay' when appearing

Update: Ashley told The One Show “it’s always safer to make sure you’re okay” when appearing

Staying Safe: The dancer is believed to have come into contact with one of the crew who tested postive

Staying Safe: The dancer is believed to have come into contact with one of the crew who tested postive

Other diversity stars Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely also appeared on the show to discuss their Connected tour starting in March 2021.

Jordan said it would be difficult to tour while the coronavirus was still prevalent given the size of their dance troupe.

He said, “That’s a lot. There is a lot of logistics. It’s like Ash said, if he’s with anyone – there are so many of us, it only takes one of us to be around someone who could potentially be positive and that has a huge impact.

“If you have time to re-tag something, you will. How else do you do it?

“There’s a lot to think about, but fingers crossed as the tour goes, comes in March, just generally we’re in a much better place.

She's fine: Fourth judge Amanda Holden is also said to be at the house, but it is understood that she did not come into contact with the crew member like the others

She’s fine: Fourth Judge Amanda Holden is also said to be home, but it is understood that she did not come into contact with the crew member like the others.

News of the positive tests was first announced on Tuesday, and it was revealed that three of the judges would go into self-isolation.

A source told The Sun: ‘[The judges] will need to pass a test before they can stop the quarantine. They are likely to come back negative, but they’re not taking any risks and can’t be too safe just yet.

“This is the last thing the bosses of BGT would have wanted on the first day of the new production.

It had been reported that the Christmas special was due to begin filming on Tuesday before it aired during the holiday season.

On Hold: Britain's Got Talent was forced to stop filming its Christmas special after a COVID-19 outbreak on set (judges pictured during the semi-final filming in August)

On Hold: Britain’s Got Talent was forced to stop filming its Christmas special after a COVID-19 outbreak on set (judges pictured during semi-final filming in August)

A source told The Sun: ‘This is the last thing the bosses of Britain’s Got Talent would have wanted on day one of the new production.

“Everything was ready to go, so they are emptied, he is immediately put to a stop. Everyone has been told to stay away and those involved must now self-isolate.

“They can’t take any chances, especially with some of the potentially vulnerable returning winners.

Former BGT contestant Susan Boyle, 59, who was not wearing a mask, was spotted in the studio on Monday. People with autism are not required to wear masks, and Susan suffers from Asperger’s.

Festive fun: Hopefully the show could generate higher TV ratings for ITV, as the BBC typically dominates during the holiday season

Festive fun: Hopefully the show could raise TV ratings for ITV as the BBC typically dominates during the holiday season

BGT was set to produce a non-competitive festive special featuring an array of acts from years past, with Ashley Banjo once again replacing Simon Cowell as he continues to recover from a broken back.

It is hoped the show could increase TV ratings for ITV as the BBC typically dominates during the holiday season.

It was reported last month that the bosses were hoping to line up BGT stars Susan Boyle and Paul Potts for the special, as well as the Ashley Diversity cast, which sparked controversy with their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance in August.

BGT’s current series ended on Saturday after being delayed by the COVID-19 crisis, with comedic singer Jon Courtenay crowned champion with his inspirational song about the recent crisis.

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