Love Island bosses cancel ITV show as crisis talks called after Caroline Flack’s death?
Love Island: The Unseen Bits was taken off air on Saturday night following presenter Caroline Flack’s death which was confirmed by family and a lawyer, and last night, the main show didn’t air after ITV bosses made the decision to not broadcast the reality competition “out of respect for Caroline’s family”. Now, questions are being raised over the summer series and whether or not it should be cancelled entirely for the foreseeable future.
Love Island catapulted onto television screens back in 2015 and Caroline fronted the dating show which soared to great success.
However, it has come under scrutiny over the past few years with how the contestants who shoot to fame are treated by the public and press once the show ends.
Sophie Gradon, who appeared on the show in 2016, died by suicide in 2018 at the age of 32.
Last year, Mike Thalassitis who starred in the 2017 series died by suicide at the age of 26.
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Understandably, the show faced a lot of criticism at the time, but Caroline who was presenting it spoke out in its defence and said: “It’s dangerous and I’m really, really angry. It’s not just that you’re blaming a TV show, you’re blaming people and their jobs.
She told Cosmopolitan magazine: “In life, we all have a duty of care to look out for each other, but I don’t think it’s fair to point fingers of blame. This is a much bigger issue than just a reality TV show, and when something this bad happens… when something this horrible and sad occurs, it’s so dangerous to point fingers within hours and minutes of it happening.
“None of us know what’s going through someone’s mind and we can’t sit there and speculate.
“It’s time to think about the bigger picture, about what’s going on with young men and young people and the pressures of modern life. It’s just too sad and too sensitive to talk about.”
Following Caroline’s death, it has been said, ITV is now considering whether or not there is a future for the show altogether.
An unnamed source told The Sun: “The tragic news about Caroline saw a last-minute meeting called. Love Island is commercially huge but those with vested interests are concerned about its effect. There was talk of resting it for a series and even taking it out of production for the foreseeable future.”
An alternative source added: “Love Island has been tarnished by what has happened and even though the aftercare system for contestants was overhauled this year, it feels there is still a long way to go.
“It’s vital they get this right for the sake of contestants and those who have worked – and are working – on the show.”
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Gosh. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t feel grateful for the wonderful job that I have and how lucky I am to work and have so much fun at the same time. As we come to a close on a 5th series , wanna say cheers to everyone who watches and enjoys the show. Feel on a complete today . But also need to sleep for 100 years. See you at the reunion . This Sunday 9pm itv2 XX @loveisland ❤️
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This series of Love Island has been hosted by Laura Whitmore after Caroline stepped back due to legal proceedings over an assault charge against her boyfriend Lewis Burton, which they both strongly denied.
Laura, who also hosts a BBC Radio 5 Live show defended the ITV show and told listeners yesterday: “Caroline Flack made a decision to take her own life and I want to talk about it.
“I want to talk about her and give her the respect that she deserves and that she didn’t always get. Anyone who knew Caroline knew she was vivacious, loving and had a passion for life, which is why none of this makes sense.
“She also had many struggles. I’m not going to pretend that she was perfect, but is anyone? She lived every mistake publicly under the scrutiny of the media.
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“Caroline loved love. That’s all she wanted, which is why Love Island is so important to her because the show is about finding love, friendship, having a laugh. “The problem wasn’t the show, the show to work on is loving, and caring and safe, and protective. The problem is the outside world is not,” she added.
Express.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment on Love Island’s future.
It comes after Channel 4 made the executive decision to cancel The Surjury, which was due to be hosted by Caroline later this year and featured people pitching for free cosmetic surgery.
Love Island returns to ITV2 tonight at 9pm.
Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.
Love Island returns to ITV2 at 9pm this evening.
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