ITV bumps The Nightly Show, cancels Loose Women after Theresa May's election announcement

Bosses also pulled This Morning for extended news coverage

The Nightly Show with Dermot O'Leary

ITV has bumped The Nightly Show and dropped Loose Women and This Morning from today's schedules following Theresa May's general election announcement.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that she is seeking to hold a snap election on 8th June.

Her shock statement prompted ITV to make several scheduling changes so it could air extended news coverage.

Bosses ended today's edition of This Morning halfway through and dropped Loose Women in its entirety.

Messages on the Loose Women Twitter page read: "We'll be back on air tomorrow lunchtime as usual!

"Today's guests @MeganOMullally and @jimmyconstable will appear on the show at a later date."

Regular viewers of the shows were furious, with one Tweeting: "First @thismorning gets pulled off the air and now @loosewomen as well.

"If I wanted to watch the news all day I would turn to news channels!"

Another wrote: "How many times can we be told there's going to be an election..."

However, it's not just the daytime line-up that's been disrupted, with tonight's episode of The Nightly Show moving to 11.00pm.

This is to allow ITV News to return to its usual 10.00pm timeslot for an hour-long special.

It's the second time that a major news story has affected The Nightly Show during its debut eight-week run.

Chiefs axed an episode last month following the tragic Westminster terror attack.

Coincidentally, both times the late-night format has been hosted by Dermot O'Leary.

The X Factor frontman was invited back to see out the first series after proving popular with viewers during his first stint.

Recent reports claimed ITV is interested in recomissioning The Nightly Show.

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