The British Soap Awards will not be held for the first time in its 21 year history, it has been confirmed.
The awards ceremony has been a favourite amongst soap fans since its inception in 1999, but will not take place this year due to the coronavirus crisis.
Hosted by Phillip Schofield since 2006, the awards show celebrates the best in British soap operas — with EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Doctors and their stars going head to head in a number of categories.
Usually taking place at the beginning of June, the organisers have made the decision to cancel the ceremony amid the pandemic currently sweeping the globe.
In a statement on social media, the show’s Twitter account wrote to their 52,000 followers: “Due to the evolving coronavirus pandemic we are extremely sad to confirm that The British Soap Awards 2020 cannot go ahead as planned.
“We will return bigger and better in 2021. Keep watching all of your favourite Soaps and look out for out special documentary celebrating 21 Years of the Soap Awards later this Spring.”
Coronation Street were quick to support the decision, commenting three red love heart emojis underneath the post.
But fans of the ceremony begged them to host it online this year, or move it to later in the year.
One fan wrote: “I thought they would be rescheduled to a date later in the year or even be completely online this year.”
As a second added: “Still do this year plz n give them it via post n realise the votes on here [sic] “
With a third writing: “Don’t quite understand why it’s been fully cancelled as apposed to rescheduled or moved to an online platform? At least those that have worked tirelessly this year will get the rightful recognition they deserve. [sic] “
Another added: “This doesn’t make sense. This could have easily been rescheduled to October/November or the easier solution, make it online only.