Ofcom will not continue to complain about the latest series of Love Island

Ofcom will not continue to pursue complaints about Love Island’s eighth series saying “negative behavior in the villa is not shown in a positive light”.

The broadcast watchdog revealed it received 7,482 complaints about the popular ITV dating show over the course of eight weeks, with complaints related to “bullying behavior and misleading thinking” by one number of male candidates.

Other complaints made centered around “allegations of misconduct, emotional abuse and forced control” by male contestants.

Of the more than 7,000 complaints received, the highest episode was 1,497 for an episode that aired on July 19.

In the episode, the islanders participated in a Snog, Marry, Pie challenge, where they revealed who they would kiss, marry, or hit in the face with a cake.

Dancer and model Tasha Ghouri shed tears at Dami Hope and Luca Bish’s comments during the challenge before bringing the cake to her face.

Ofcom said that the complaints against the episode from viewers were about “alleged bullying among contestants and raised ongoing concerns about the conduct of male contestants that it deems inappropriate.” only”.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “We have carefully evaluated complaints about this series on a range of issues, including alleged bullying and misperception.

“We recognize that scenes of confrontation or emotional tension can upset some viewers. However, in our view, the negative behavior in the villa is not expressed positively.

“Viewers have seen other islanders condemn this behavior and offer advice and support, as well as scenes of apology being made.

“We also took into account that the format of this reality show is well established and viewers should expect to see highs and lows as the couples’ relationships are tested.”

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Multiple complaints submitted to Ofcom regarding misperception and bullying by some male contestants (Yui Mok/PA)

Last month, during ITV’s midterm financial results press conference, ITV boss Kevin Lygo said the broadcaster planned to “sit down and review” the popular dating series.

Lygo, ITV’s executive director of media and entertainment, said: “To get five million people watching a show every night at 9 p.m. is phenomenal in the modern age, so something about it. is being done properly.

“But you’re right, we have to always look to improve and work on what we’ve done. But we are very happy with the way it has come so far.”

Love Island’s latest series ended August 1 with Turkish actress Ekin-Su Culculoglu, 28, and Italian business owner Davide Sanclimenti, 27, crowned the winners.

ITV recently announced there will be two series of shows in 2023 – a winter series in South Africa and a summer series in Majorca.

Host Laura Whitmore recently announced that she won’t be returning as host, saying in an Instagram post that there are “certain elements of the show” that she feels found it difficult “couldn’t change some due to the format, including flying back and forth to South Africa with my new conflict projects”.

ITV has been contacted for comment.

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