ITV cancels unsettling show that disturbed viewers and upset Nicki Minaj.

Idris Elba was also scared by it.

March 27th 2024.

ITV cancels unsettling show that disturbed viewers and upset Nicki Minaj.
ITV has recently announced that the popular comedy series, Deep Fake Neighbour Wars, will not be returning for a second season. The show, which utilized deep fake technology to transform comedians and impressionists into famous faces, premiered in 2022 and quickly gained a dedicated fan base.

Viewers were captivated by the hilarious premise, which saw celebrities like Adele, Kim Kardashian, Olivia Colman, and Greta Thunberg living in the suburbs of the United Kingdom and getting caught up in petty neighbourhood disputes. However, the use of AI technology also left some feeling uneasy.

Even celebrities themselves were not immune to the show's reach. Rapper Nicki Minaj took to social media after discovering her alter ego on the show was a dog walker, married to Tom Holland, and living in Cheshire. She jokingly exclaimed, "HELP!!! What in the AI shapeshifting cloning conspiracy theory is this?!?!! I hope the whole internet gets deleted!!!"

Deep Fake Neighbour Wars also featured deep fakes of other celebrities, including Kim Kardashian. The show was later picked up for international distribution but has now been officially cancelled by ITV.

In a statement, an ITV spokesperson said, "There are no plans for new episodes of Deep Fake Neighbour Wars. The full series will remain on ITVX for everyone to enjoy and sits alongside the many other comedies on the streamer."

Despite its cancellation, ITV has other exciting releases in the works, such as the return of Alan Carr's Changing Ends and the premiere of a police comedy called Piglets. However, Deep Fake Neighbour Wars will always hold a special place in the hearts of its fans.

The show's Head of Comedy, Nana Hughes, previously expressed her excitement about bringing AI technology to change the face of comedy on ITVX. However, not all celebrities were thrilled about their deep fake counterparts. Actor Idris Elba admitted he didn't even realize the show was a whole TV series until Adele's team contacted him about their appearances on the show.

"And Adele's team weren't too pleased about it," Elba added in an interview with The Hook. "We weren't too pleased about it because they didn't ask our permission or anything, and the next thing you know, it's on TV."

Despite the controversy, Deep Fake Neighbour Wars was a success for ITV and will continue to be available for streaming on ITVX. As always, the entertainment team at The Agency is on the lookout for the latest celebrity news and stories. If you've got a tip or a story to share, don't hesitate to reach out.

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