THE entire cast of Love Island has been warned about their future conduct after accusations of bullying.
Producers entered the villa earlier this week to speak to the housemates after several incidents of bitching and name-calling.
Love Island bosses have spoken to islanders about their behaviour and future conduct following accusations of bullying and ‘bitchy behaviour’[/caption]
The Sun understands the embattled show’s execs were particularly keen to speak to former British Airways stewardess Amy Hart, 27, who has already reduced fellow contestant Lucie Donlan, 21, to tears.
And last night the ITV2 show was facing another Ofcom probe after furious viewers complained about hopefuls Amber Gill, 21, and Anna Vakili, 28, for being aggressive with Danny Williams, 21.
They accused the two girls of acting “immature” and “pathetic” as they turned on Danny for dumping Yewande from the villa and kissing Arabella Stanforth, 28, two hours later.
His decision caused shockwaves in the villa – and brought out a “nasty” side to some of the Islanders.
Danny mulls over Yewande’s exit before sharing a kiss with Arabella Chi[/caption]
This led to 192 fans going directly to the TV watchdog to complain about their behaviour over fears Danny was being made a victim of bullying.
A show source said: “There has been a lot of backbiting and bitching this series and the producers realised viewers were starting to really notice.
“So earlier in the week the execs came into the villa for a ‘briefing’ with the contestants and told them they were to rein it in. The message seems to have been ignored by them all given their behaviour on Tuesday night.”
Earlier in the series the show was accused of glamourising bullying when the original cast mocked newcomer Maura Higgins, 28, while she was on a date with Michael Griffiths, 27.
While Michael chatted to Maura, who had only just arrived in the villa, several of the other female contestants heckled her from the balcony.
And just last week, the show was plunged into crisis after being criticised by leading domestic abuse charities over the “gaslighting” of a contestant.
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ITV chiefs were accused of ignoring Joe Garrett’s “gaslighting” of girlfriend Lucie Donlan who has been left in floods of tears almost nightly – most recently after he ordered her to stay away from the other boys in the villa.
An ITV spokesman said: “We speak to all of the islanders to remind them of what we condone to be acceptable behaviour during their time on the show.”
Irate at Island antics
ALREADY this series, TV watchdog Ofcom has been contacted almost 3,000 times over complaints about the show.
The key moments so far:
- Ofcom received 486 complaints in four days after Maura Higgins tried to seduce Tommy Fury. She attempted to force a kiss as he lay on the sofa, but the boxer kept dodging her advances.
- Before that, there were 684 complaints about Joe’s “abuse” towards Lucie. It led domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid to speak about his “controlling behaviour”.
- Last night, 192 furious viewers complained Amber and Anna were bullying Danny as they made him feel bad about choosing Arabella over Yewande in the recoupling.