ITV confirms Love Island will not be cancelled in wake of backlash over The Jeremy Kyle Show axing

16-05-2019 12:05

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (9773969eq) Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham 'Love Island' TV Show, Series 4, Episode 57, The Final, Majorca, Spain - 30 Jul 2018

Love Island, won last year by Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, will return (Picture: Rex)

ITV has confirmed that Love Island will be back this summer.

It comes after calls to cancel the dating programme mounted when The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed following the death of guest Steve Dymond.

Dymond died in a suspected suicide shortly after filming his episode, which was not aired.

Many have questioned Love Island’s return following the suicides of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis over the last year.

ITV said in a statement to i: ‘Love Island the series will return this summer.

‘In March we outlined in detail the extensive duty of care processes now in place for contributors, past and present.’

After Thalassitis died, Love Island said they would be altering their aftercare for contestants.

In a previous statement they outlined their welfare processes for Jeremy Kyle guests.

Steven Dymond, who died after filming The Jeremy Kyle Show

Steven Dymond died in a suspected suicide after filming an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show

Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon

Love Island stars Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis both died by suicide within months of each other (Picture: ITV/WENN)

The broadcaster said they ‘regularly review our processes’ and reiterated that they were ‘shocked and saddened’ at the news the guest had passed away a week after taping.

ITV explained that ‘all guests are seen by a member of the guest welfare team’ after filming to ‘ensure they are feeling calm and emotionally settled’ before leaving taping to travel home.

‘Ongoing service’ from the show is also discussed with the guest, and if requested then ‘appropriate’ solutions are found such as counselling, anger management or family mediation.

From: ITV PRODUCTIONS FOR ITV1 THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW - weekdays on ITV1 Picture shows: JEREMY KYLE The Jeremy Kyle Show helps the public get to grips with real-life issues, ranging from indiscretions and infidelities to fetishes and flirting, in a show that brings real-life issues and dilemmas for Jeremy to deal with. ? ITV ITV Picture contact - peter.gray@itv.com 0207 157 3046 This photograph is (c) ITV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW or event mentioned above, or ITV. Once made available by ITV Plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the TX date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk.

Kyle has said he is ‘devastated’ about recent events surrounding his show (Picture: ITV)

Meanwhile Kyle himself has said he is ‘devastated’ at his show’s cancellation.

‘Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events,’ he told The Sun.

‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.’

Dymond appeared on the show earlier this month alongside his on-off partner, and after failing a lie detector test was left feeling dejected and, according to his landlady, ‘humiliated’.

However others have defended the programme including former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook, who said she was made to feel ‘safe and comfortable’ after her three-month stay in rehab.

[metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /]

[metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/16/game-thrones-counselling-sessions-will-widely-available-final-episode-know-going-need-9570754/” title=”Game of Thrones counselling sessions will be widely available after final episode because you know we’re all going to need it”]

[metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/16/australias-eurovision-entry-kate-miller-heidke-confirms-yes-16ft-pole-kinda-terrifying-9570517/” title=”Australia’s Eurovision entry Kate Miller-Heidke confirms that yes, that 16ft pole is kinda terrifying”]

Read more...
Source:
Metro
Sarah Deen