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Rita Ora will no longer appear on the Jonathan Ross show this week

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Rita Ora will no longer appear on the Jonathan Ross show as planned this week after she flouted lockdown rules to host a 30th birthday party in a Notting Hill restaurant. 

The singer has apologised for her actions, but has been widely slammed for throwing the bash four days before London went from lockdown into Tier 2. 

MailOnline understands that Rita hopes to appear on the show before Christmas but it was mutually agreed that her appearance would be postponed. 

Rita Ora sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone: Postponed: Rita Ora will no longer appear on the Jonathan Ross show this week after 'embarrassed' star was slammed for hosting illegal 30th birthday party in lockdown (pictured on the show in 2019) © Provided by Daily Mail Postponed: Rita Ora will no longer appear on the Jonathan Ross show this week after 'embarrassed' star was slammed for hosting illegal 30th birthday party in lockdown (pictured on the show in 2019) Jonathan Ross wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Pushing back: Rita hopes to appear on the show later in the year but MailOnline understands it was mutually agreed that her appearance would be postponed © Provided by Daily Mail Pushing back: Rita hopes to appear on the show later in the year but MailOnline understands it was mutually agreed that her appearance would be postponed

Rita and seven of her friends had celebrated at Casa Cruz restaurant on Saturday night and the singer has since voluntarily paid a £10k fine to police for breaking the rules.  

On Tuesday morning, Piers Morgan, 55, criticised Rita's apology on Good Morning Britain and accused her of simply being 'sorry she got caught.'  

He said: 'What does her mum think about this?' as he reminded viewers that her mother Vera returned to the frontline to work for the NHS amid the pandemic.  

Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid standing in front of a store: 'She's only sorry she got caught': Piers Morgan slammed Rita's apology on GMB on Tuesday © Provided by Daily Mail 'She's only sorry she got caught': Piers Morgan slammed Rita's apology on GMB on Tuesday He said: 'This Rita Ora thing annoyed me because suddenly she's © Provided by Daily Mail He said: 'This Rita Ora thing annoyed me because suddenly she's

He said: 'This Rita Ora thing annoyed me because suddenly she's "deeply sorry" and volunteered to pay the £10,000 fine - which will barely touch the sides of her pocket money.

'What is she "deeply sorry" about? She knew what she was doing, we are in a national lockdown - it's not a secret!

'She's a very rich pop star and she deliberately planned a 30th birthday party - I don't know what the restaurant was thinking, so how are you able to do that? And why were you doing that?'

Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid standing in front of a store: He asked: 'What is she © Provided by Daily Mail He asked: 'What is she Piers Morgan et al. standing in front of a store: Adding: 'She's a very rich pop star and she deliberately planned a 30th birthday party - I don't know what the restaurant was thinking, so how are you able to do that? And why were you doing that?' © Provided by Daily Mail Adding: 'She's a very rich pop star and she deliberately planned a 30th birthday party - I don't know what the restaurant was thinking, so how are you able to do that? And why were you doing that?'

He added: 'You plan a 30th birthday like that, you turn up, invite all your famous buddies, you party and have a great night - the police come and bang on the door.

'If they're all doing that, if the rules aren't for them, then what's the point of the rules?

"'I'm deeply sorry', what about? You're not deeply sorry - you're deeply sorry you got caught! That's what you're "deeply sorry" about. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: I'm sorry: Rita offered an apology on social media on Monday and said she felt 'particularly embarrassed' © Provided by Daily Mail I'm sorry: Rita offered an apology on social media on Monday and said she felt 'particularly embarrassed'

'If you hadn't been caught would you be issuing a statement saying: "I've just woken up and realised what I did was terribly wrong and I'm deeply sorry?"'

Piers noted that Rita has said in her statement that lockdown was about to end and so she thought it would be fine. 

He said: 'So you knew there was a lockdown, otherwise you wouldn't have thought it was about to come to an end.'

Susanna Reid added: 'Also, even when lockdown comes to an end it's still against the rules to have 30 people come together.'

a person wearing a costume: Error of judgement: Rita pictured joining friends at a swanky London restaurant for her 30th birthday on Saturday night

Error of judgement: Rita pictured joining friends at a swanky London restaurant for her 30th birthday on Saturday night
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It had been reported that Rita had 30 guests at her bash at Casa Cruz restaurant, but the MailOnline understands the number was seven.  

Piers later said: 'Her mother's a health worker! She spent most of the first wave of the pandemic speaking about her pride for the health service.

"She even launched a coronavirus range of clothing saying "stop the spread"… And then she invites [30] of her mates for her lockdown-breaking 30th birthday.  

'It's exhausting keeping up with these people, it's just so selfish.'

Police were called to Rita's party and the Met Police gave a statement to MailOnline. 

a woman standing in front of a building: Make your mind up: Rita launched a coronavirus range of clothing saying 'stop the spread' earlier in the year © Provided by Daily Mail Make your mind up: Rita launched a coronavirus range of clothing saying 'stop the spread' earlier in the year a person wearing glasses standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Doing her bit: Rita's mother Vera returned to the NHS frontline amid the COVID-19 pandemic in March - The healthcare professional is a psychiatrist and former GP © Provided by Daily Mail Doing her bit: Rita's mother Vera returned to the NHS frontline amid the COVID-19 pandemic in March - The healthcare professional is a psychiatrist and former GP

They penned: 'Police were called at 21:10hrs on Saturday, 28 November to reports of a potential breach of Covid regulations at a commercial premises in Clarendon Road, W11.

'Officers attended and carried out enquiries at the scene. They found no record of any offence being committed.'

Lockdown is set to end on Wednesday, with London entering a slightly more relaxed Tier Two system which will allow people to return to pubs and drink if they order food. 

Key points in COVID lockdown Mark 2 

Rita has now apologised for what she has called a 'serious and inexcusable error of judgment' in going to the party during national lockdown, where no social mixing is allowed indoors. 

Writing on Instagram on Monday, Rita had said: 'Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday. 

'It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK… I'm deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.

'This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.

'I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe. Even though this won't make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.' 

Notting Hill restaurant Casa Cruz, is named after Chilean-born Juan Santa Cruz, who resigned as restaurateur in February. 

Nicholas Fallows, who is listed as the sole director of Casa Cruz London Ltd, insisted he was unaware of the event.  

Francois Perrodo, 43, who with mother Carrie are among Britain's richest business bosses with their £5.8billion fortune, is the majority shareholder in Casa Cruz.  

Mr Perrodo is a businessman and racing car driver and has competed in a number of races in his birth country of France.

His fortune comes from the oil and gas industry and he is the chairman of the Anglo-French company Perenco, which was founded by his late father Hubert.

A source told MailOnline this morning: 'He had absolutely no idea this was being held there.'

The director of the restaurant also said they were in the dark on who had approved the party, deepening the mystery over who gave it the go-ahead. 

Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid are posing for a picture: Not happy: Piers was indignant on Monday morning after Rita Ora was accused of breaching lockdown rules over the weekend © Provided by Daily Mail Not happy: Piers was indignant on Monday morning after Rita Ora was accused of breaching lockdown rules over the weekend

On Monday, while wishing Lorraine a happy birthday, Susanna said: 'It's a shame we can't come give you a hug and a kiss, although you're probably glad you can't get one from Piers. Are you having a small get together?'  

'Yeah, it's just what everyone is doing apart from Rita Ora,' Lorraine replied. 

Evidently appalled by Rita's decision to host a party for people outside her immediate social bubble, Piers carped: 'These celebs, I'll do what I want and no one else matters, I don't get it... what's the restaurant doing allowing all those people in?'

Lorraine, who admitted she will celebrate her special day at home with husband Steve Smith, added: 'I could have 61 people for 61? That would be quite nice when it's all over.' 

It comes as the government again stressed the importance of abiding by restrictions on Sunday, ahead of the UK's second national lockdown ending on December 2. 

In pictures obtained by The Sun, Cara and Poppy Delevingne as well as TOWIE star Vas Morgan, 31, and Rita's sister Elena, 32, are seen at the venue.  

Rita was also spotted leaving the building while wearing a slinky wrap skirt and black face mask. 

A source told the publication: 'Rita and her sister came to the restaurant first, all dolled up and clearly looking forward to a good night.

'There were a number of guests, all dressed up very glamorously, and everyone entered the building through the back, with security watching the front to make sure no one else went in. It went on until the early hours.'

The restaurant's director Nicholas Fallows also told The Sun that he hadn't been aware of any plans for an event and the restaurant was 'owned by shareholders'.  

Current government guidelines say that people 'minimise the time spent outside their home' and avoid meeting others who they do not live with.

People should also avoid physical contact; being close and face-to-face; and shouting or singing close to others who do not share a home with you or who are not in the same support bubble.

Guidelines brought in with the national lockdown on November 5 also state that people must 'not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household, meaning the people you live with, or your support bubble'. 

a woman standing in a room: Friends: Another atteendee at Rita's party was actress Poppy Delevingne (pictured on This Morning) © Provided by Daily Mail Friends: Another atteendee at Rita's party was actress Poppy Delevingne (pictured on This Morning)

Restaurants are also currently closed except for takeaway meals, with any breaking of these guidelines possibly ending up with a fine.

The rules are set to change on December 2, with many restrictions being dependent on which Tier the location ends up being in. 

In London restaurants and cafes will be able to open from Wednesday. Pubs and bars can also open, but only if they are operating as restaurants with table service. 

All hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals and must stop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm, according to the government.     

In attendance: Vas J Morgan was also seen leaving the venue in the snaps from Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail In attendance: Vas J Morgan was also seen leaving the venue in the snaps from Saturday Read more
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