Channel Seven was forced to delay production on the upcoming reality survival show Million Dollar Island Australia after dangerous asbestos was found in their filming location.

The new reality series – hosted by SAS Australia host Ant Middleton – has seen notable delays after asbestos was found on-site in the pre-production phase.

Asbestos is a dangerous material that can increase the risk of severe illnesses, including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, according to the US-based site

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Channel Seven’s new reality series Million Dollar Island – hosted by SAS Australia host Ant Middleton – saw delays in the pre-production phase. Source: Seven.

Luckily, Million Dollar Island being in pre-production means the 100 contestants who would be involved in the highly anticipated competition haven’t arrived on set in Malaysia. Phew!

“While some delays have occurred in the pre-production phase of Australia’s version of Million Dollar Island, the show continues to move forward,” Eureka Productions told TV Tonight.

The delays aren’t expected to impact the show’s anticipated 2023 air date.

Okay, But WTF is Million Dollar Island Australia?

As the name implies, the winner is set to take home $1 million in prize money, but they’ll compete with 100 other contestants on a deserted island for the chance.

The new show was originally launched this year in The Netherlands and has been dubbed the “world’s biggest social experiment“. LOL, we’ve heard that one before!

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Million Dollar Island, which launched in The Netherlands this year, has been dubbed the “world’s biggest social experiment”. Source: Prime Video/SBS6

Each contestant is given a “$10,000 bracelet”. They give it away when they leave the island, and so the finalist with the most bling wins!

Contestants are set to film on the deserted island for six weeks, sometime in November 2022.

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