Calls for Love Island to be axed 'like Jeremy Kyle' after Caroline Flack death

There are calls for Love Island to be cancelled following the death of Caroline Flack, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.

Former Love Island host Caroline has died aged 40, with family confirming her tragic passing.

A statement read: ‘We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February. We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.’

And in the wake of the news, ‘Jeremy Kyle’ began trending on Twitter, as fans likened the Love Island situation to that of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Last May, ITV cancelled The Jeremy Kyle Show following the death of Steve Dymond, who took his own life after appearing on the controversial programme.

A lawyer for Flack confirmed that the star took her own life.

In the past two years, two islanders from Love Island died by suicide – series two star Sophie Gradon, who died in June 2018 aged 32, and series three star Mike Thalassitis, who died aged 26 in March 2019. 

One post read: ‘Jeremy Kyle was taken off air when one suicide was linked to it. There have now been 3 linked to Love Island. And still it continues as the ITV “flagship”.’

Another person wrote: ‘SCRAP THIS SHOW NOW JUST LIKE WHEN JEREMY KYLE WAS SCRAPPED.’

Love Island changed its aftercare process following Mike’s death last year, with islanders given bespoke training on dealing with social media and adjusting to life back home.

Islanders were also provided with a minimum of eight therapy sessions after the show, with proactive contact with the islanders increased to 14 months, until the end of the next series. 

At the time, Caroline herself said blame shouldn’t be cast and to do so is ‘dangerous’, telling Fabulous magazine: ‘I think as the show gets bigger, it has to evolve. So, yes, the duty of care has become greater. But this is a wider issue. 

‘We should all be looking out for each other more. Everyone should be helping each other out and being nicer to each other and if someone’s feeling down, reaching out to them.’

Caroline began hosting Love Island in its first series in 2015, and while it wasn’t an instant hit, by series three it had become a phenomenon, raking in over two million viewers.

By the time series five was broadcasted in 2019, viewership had rocketed to an average of over five million.

However, ahead of the first ever winter series, Caroline stood down as host after she was arrested and charged with assault. 

She said: ‘There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regards to my personal life. While matters were not as have been reported, I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can’t comment further on these matters until the legal process is over.

‘Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for series six.

‘I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.’

Her friend Laura Whitmore replaced her as host on the show. 

Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment. 

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