KATIE Price has quit Ex On The Beach after the show was pushed back by four months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The three-times married star, 42, was in talks to join the upcoming MTV series as a "love guru".
However, The Sun can exclusively reveal that Katie has backed out of her appearance after the show's filming schedule was delayed, with her rep confirming: "Katie has commitments in the UK and is certainly focused on a super exciting year ahead."
A source also told The Sun: "Katie's so busy at the moment – she doesn't have time and now the show has moved it's tough to reschedule.
"She also doesn't want to be away from her family and Carl for a long time.
"She's talked a lot about how she wants to be engaged soon and won't be able to bring him – or her kids – with her if she does have to go into a filming bubble."
Her decision to back out of the production shouldn't come as a surprise to her fans after she vowed to marry Carl last week during an appearance on Good Morning Britain and branded him the "perfect man".
Last month, we revealed that the former glamour model had been in talks to join the series – not to find love but to dish out advice to hopefuls after shacking up with her 32-year-old beau.
A source told us at the time: "Katie always jokes she's had enough experience with relationships to write the book on love, so it's the perfect role for her – giving out advice on what to do and what NOT to do – on the show."
In light of the speculation, Katie's rep confirmed to The Sun Online that at the time that she was talking to production about her appearance.
However, The Sun revealed yesterday that the series has been plunged into chaos after bosses were forced to push back the show until this summer.
Insiders told us there were now question marks over whether some of the stars who’d already signed up to take part, including Jack Fincham and Georgia Steel, would be able to make the new dates.
The show, which is being filmed in Colombia, was due to start production later this month
However Covid-19 travel restrictions mean the show has been put back until June.
An insider explained: "Ex On The Beach has been pushed back from February until June because of the pandemic.
"It’s one of MTV’s most popular shows and they are determined it can go ahead.
"But this scheduling change has caused a headache for the bookers, who’ve been hard at work securing celebs for the show.
"Jack Fincham and Georgia Steel have signed up to take part, along with their exes, but now it’s all up in the air as they may not be able to make the new dates.
"Those working on the show have a raft of talent they still want to tap up however so they do have a back up plan should people have to drop out.
"Getting a show of this magnitude off the ground isn’t going to be easy but the team behind Ex On The Beach think they can make it work."
The Sun exclusively revealed how the hit MTV series was going to be filming in South America earlier this year.
Love Island winner Jack was the first big name signing of the series, with his ex-girlfriend Chloe Brockett geared up for an explosive showdown with him on the show.
His fellow ITV2 co-star Georgia has also agreed to take part, alongside her ex-fiancé Callum Izzard.
Footballer Jermaine Pennant is another star on the line-up and is expected to come face-to-face with his ex-missus Alice Goodwin.
A spokeswoman for MTV said: "We do not comment on rumour or speculation."
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