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BGT’s Steve Royle was forced to pullout of a gig (Picture: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Royle has been forced to pull out of a gig tonight after he had been in contact with a ‘Covid carrier’.

The comedian, who came third on BGT’s final, took to Twitter to share the news with his followers.

And despite showing no symptoms himself, Steve wanted to ensure the safety of others.

‘So sorry I will not be performing @frogandbucket tonight as I have been informed I have been in contact with a Covid19 carrier,’ he said in a tweet, which has since been deleted.

‘I have no symptoms myself & have had a test awaiting result. Hopefully, be ok for the rest of the weekend. Please support this great club anyway, Steve.’

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Steve’s fellow BGT finalists were quick to wish their pal well.

Magician Damien O’Brien commented: ‘Hope you’re ok mate.’

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Steve has been tested for Covid (Picture: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

While Jade from choir Sign Along With Us added: ‘Hope you are ok Steve.’

Steve later went on to reassure his followers that he has been social-distancing.

He tweeted: ‘To reiterate on my previous tweet. I have not been informed by track and trace and maintained social distancing at all times so the test is purely for my own peace of mind.’

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Steve has since deleted the tweet (Picture: Twitter)

It comes after it was reported that production for BGT’s Christmas special was forced to shut down.

The one-off special was due to start filming on Tuesday, but the entire show has since been shut down until further notice.

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Despite the strict rules in place, three crew members tested positive for Covid as they turned up to work.

A BGT spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘As a result of a positive Covid-19 result received yesterday we have implemented our protocols and a number of crew members are self-isolating at home. 

‘As a result, we are unable to continue filming our BGT Christmas Special today and have taken the decision to postpone. 

‘The safety of all those involved in the show is our number one priority and we follow extensive Covid-19 related procedures to adhere to all Government guidelines.’

Among those due to make an appearance on the show – which will air during the festive season – were fan-favourite Susan Boyle and opera singer Paul Potts.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV for comment.

Britain’s Got Talent is currently available for catch-up on ITV Player.

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