Channel 4’s matchmaking sequence First Dates returned last night for its 16th sequence, with Fred Sirieix and his workers relocating to Manchester to entertain daters up north for the predominant time.

Long-time fans can get observed, alternatively, that Laura Tott, who’s has been a waitress in the First Dates restaurant for a couple of sequence, is missing from the contemporary instalment.

Tott works as a paramedic out of doors of the expose nevertheless has been a First Dates staple since 2015.

Right here’s the entire thing you wish to dangle about why Laura just is just not any longer on the expose.

Why isn’t Laura on First Dates?

Before the sequence 16 premiere, Laura Tott spoke about her absence from the expose, revealing that the First Dates crew “made up our minds to freshen up the crew” ahead of the expose’s transfer to Manchester.

Writing in an Instagram post, Tott acknowledged the producers wished to “freshen up the crew for this sequence with some unusual local faces among the many faded faces”, so she obtained’t be that comprises.

“To be appropriate, I don’t truly know how I’d get match filming on this yr with working at some level of the pandemic, I’ve wished everyday off to kick again out so it’s truly been a welcomed damage.

“I’ve overlooked your entire crew though that’s for obvious.”

She added that she soundless considers herself a allotment of the “First Dates household” and hopes she’ll be again on the expose in the lengthy hasten before wishing the unusual ready crew factual good fortune.

Three unusual crew contributors joined the First Dates workers for the contemporary sequence – Daniella, David and Fiona. They made their debut on the expose alongside returning workers Fred, Merlin, Cici and Grant.

First Dates airs on Tuesdays at 10pm on Channel 4. If you’re shopping for extra to glimpse, take a look at out our TV Guide.