Mike Thalassitis

20 May 19
Metro
Rykard appeared on series two of the show (Picture: @rykardjenkins/ITV) Love Island is set to return to TV screens on 3 June despite some controversy following the death of Mike Thalassatis, and fellow former contestant Rykard Jenkins has decided to share some much-needed advice with future participants of the show. The British television personality appeared in the Love Island villa back in 2016 for series 2 of the show, and he has offered sage words to newbies. Taking to Twitter, he instructed to-be- Love Islanders on what to do after the show: ‘DO NOT RUSH INTO ANYTHING. ‘Don’t rush with management, PA’s, collaborations, interviews, tv appearances. ‘Please take a week or two off with your family and friends.’ He went on to talk about social media, and how that will change afterwards, explaining: ‘Your social media’s will bow up regardless so take time to think about what you want to do? Go back to work? Or start working in a new industry?’ He added: ‘There’s no wrong path, but just think about it & don’t rush because 90% of us have been taken advantage of!’ Finally, he told people to ‘enjoy themselves’. He wrote: ‘The best part of Loveisland is actually being in that villa with everyone! Looking forward to seeing all the madness.[sic].’ The Kent native’s words come as ex-Love Islander Zara Holland called on the show to be axed after The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled following the death of a guest. Rykard warned people to be careful not to be taken advantage of (Picture: Rex) Speaking to Daily Mail, the 23-year-old said: ‘There have already been two suicides in three series. ‘Jeremy Kyle’s been on for 14 years, but they’re axing it after one suicide. ‘How can they contradict themselves by taking one show off and not the other? Am I angry? Absolutely fuming. I was only 20.’ She went on to say that during her stint on the show, she was ‘brainwashed.’ Zara wants to do away with the show (Picture: ITV) ‘You think you’re on a summer holiday and you might find love, but you are in a posh prison where you don’t know what time it is and a voice in a wall tells you what to do. I honestly believe I was brainwashed.’ The show is facing criticism despite its renewal. Sophie Gradon was the first Love Island contestant to die by suicide in 2018, two years after appearing on the second series of the show. Earlier this year Mike Thalassitis, who appeared on the show’s third season, also died by suicide after his body was found in a forest near his home. The deaths have thrown the show’s aftercare procedures and mental health evaluations into question, with ITV ensuring viewers that contestants are briefed on how to access help should they need it. [metro-zone-post-strip] In response to Zara’s claims, ITV have issued the following statement: ‘Zara has spoken to the production team regularly since leaving the villa and has recently been in contact to put forward suggestions for cast for this year’s series. ‘Prior to going on the show Zara like the other Islanders were given medical appraisals that included psychological assessments. ‘The opinions the Islanders have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves. ‘It is always our intention to produce a show that is a fair and accurate representation of life in the villa.’ So far the only Love Island contestant to be confirmed is Curtis Pritchard, the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard. Love Island returns 3 June. [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/20/love-island-back-itv-confirms-season-5-start-date-9603663/” title=”When is Love Island back as ITV confirms season 5 start date?”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/18/zara-holland-says-love-island-brainwashed-calls-show-axed-suicides-9596920/” title=”Zara Holland says Love Island ‘brainwashed’ her as she calls for show to be axed after suicides”]
20 May 19
London Glossy Post

The new series of Love Island will start on Monday June 3, ITV has confirmed. The official ITV2 Twitter account posted a short video showing host Caroline Flack floating on a lilo in a swimming pool, with the caption #DayDotIsComing along with the broadcast date. The fifth series of the dating reality programme will air […]

19 May 19
A C E

As Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 draws to a close, I have decided to share a post that I’ve had in my notes for over a month now. I have been extremely hesitant on publishing this blog post for many different reasons, but I came to the conclusion that raising awareness begins with sharing your […]

19 May 19
The Irish Sun
DAVINA McCall has revealed the infamous “Fight Night” in season five of Big Brother changed the future of the show. The 51-year-old, who hosted the programme for 10 years, has insisted the alcohol-fuelled argument that kicked off between housemates – including series winner Nadia Almada, Jason Cowan, Emma Greenwood and Victor Ebuwa – is the reason the series later rationed alcohol in the house. Davina McCall discusses the changes made to Big Brother on Sunday Brunch Back in 2004 Emma and Michelle Bass were evicted from the Elstree property and stayed in a bed sit, leaving fellow housemates to believe they had left the competition for good. However, the two later returned and a party ensued among all housemates, which saw them equipped with plenty of booze and fancy dress costumes. But the alcohol fuelled a major row, which security were called in to diffuse, and cameras had to stop filming. This was the turning point for Big Brother for years to come, as the production team decided to make permanent changes to the programme, including locking the drinks cabinet, and a larger focus on duty of care of the contestants. Davina McCall reveals series five of Big Brother changed the show for good Fight Night saw a huge alcohol-fuelled fight break out between contestants, including winner Nadia Speaking on Sunday Brunch today, Davina said: “It radically changed in series 5, any Big Brother fans out there will remember Fight Night. “It kicked off and it went absolutely nuts, and from that night on we had two lawyers in every script meeting, the drinks cabinet was locked, everything changed. “We realised that actually you have to be careful. You put people in a pot of boiling water, you keep them locked into this house for so long that in the end it does drive you quite stir crazy. “Everything changed for us on that show, but they listened to the advice.” Davina insists a stronger duty of care was taken to contestants after Fight Night Davina hosted the programme for 10 years Davina went on to explain the lengths the production team went to to care for their applicants. She added: “The duty of care has got to be massive. “Contestants need to be supported and loved by the right people before and after the show.” Controversy around aftercare in reality TV has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months. Last week we revealed the Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed after 14 years following the death of guest Steve Dymond, while Love Island has also faced fierce criticism after two contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, both took their own lives within the last year. Davina explained each contestant had to be “emotionally robust” to enter the house, and after care became paramount. [bc_video video_id=”5569164604001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Davina’s in the house”] [article-rail-section title=”most read tv and showbiz” posts_category=”1″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] She went on: “You need to make sure that somebody is emotionally robust enough to deal with going on the show in the first place, and then if they’re struggling after the show then you give them a lot of help.” Davina stopped hosting the programme after it moved from Channel 4 to Channel 5. Emma Willis took over to helm the show, while Rylan Clark-Neal hosted the spin off Big Brother’s Bit On The Side. Got a story? email digishowbiz@the-sun.co.uk or call us direct on 02077824220. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.    
19 May 19
The Scottish Sun
DAVINA McCall has revealed the infamous “Fight Night” in season five of Big Brother changed the future of the show. The 51-year-old, who hosted the programme for 10 years, has insisted the alcohol-fuelled argument that kicked off between housemates – including series winner Nadia Almada, Jason Cowan, Emma Greenwood and Victor Ebuwa – is the reason the series later rationed alcohol in the house. Davina McCall discusses the changes made to Big Brother on Sunday Brunch Back in 2004 Emma and Michelle Bass were evicted from the Elstree property and stayed in a bed sit, leaving fellow housemates to believe they had left the competition for good. However, the two later returned and a party ensued among all housemates, which saw them equipped with plenty of booze and fancy dress costumes. But the alcohol fuelled a major row, which security were called in to diffuse, and cameras had to stop filming. This was the turning point for Big Brother for years to come, as the production team decided to make permanent changes to the programme, including locking the drinks cabinet, and a larger focus on duty of care of the contestants. Davina McCall reveals series five of Big Brother changed the show for good Fight Night saw a huge alcohol-fuelled fight break out between contestants, including winner Nadia Speaking on Sunday Brunch today, Davina said: “It radically changed in series 5, any Big Brother fans out there will remember Fight Night. “It kicked off and it went absolutely nuts, and from that night on we had two lawyers in every script meeting, the drinks cabinet was locked, everything changed. “We realised that actually you have to be careful. You put people in a pot of boiling water, you keep them locked into this house for so long that in the end it does drive you quite stir crazy. “Everything changed for us on that show, but they listened to the advice.” Davina insists a stronger duty of care was taken to contestants after Fight Night Davina hosted the programme for 10 years Davina went on to explain the lengths the production team went to to care for their applicants. She added: “The duty of care has got to be massive. “Contestants need to be supported and loved by the right people before and after the show.” Controversy around aftercare in reality TV has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months. Last week we revealed the Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed after 14 years following the death of guest Steve Dymond, while Love Island has also faced fierce criticism after two contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, both took their own lives within the last year. Davina explained each contestant had to be “emotionally robust” to enter the house, and after care became paramount. [bc_video video_id=”5569164604001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Davina’s in the house”] [article-rail-section title=”most read tv and showbiz” posts_category=”1″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] She went on: “You need to make sure that somebody is emotionally robust enough to deal with going on the show in the first place, and then if they’re struggling after the show then you give them a lot of help.” Davina stopped hosting the programme after it moved from Channel 4 to Channel 5. Emma Willis took over to helm the show, while Rylan Clark-Neal hosted the spin off Big Brother’s Bit On The Side. Got a story? email digishowbiz@the-sun.co.uk or call us direct on 02077824220. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.    
19 May 19
The Sun
DAVINA McCall has revealed the infamous “Fight Night” in season five of Big Brother changed the future of the show. The 51-year-old, who hosted the programme for 10 years, has insisted the alcohol-fuelled argument that kicked off between housemates – including series winner Nadia Almada, Jason Cowan, Emma Greenwood and Victor Ebuwa – is the reason the series later rationed alcohol in the house. Davina McCall discusses the changes made to Big Brother on Sunday Brunch Back in 2004 Emma and Michelle Bass were evicted from the Elstree property and stayed in a bed sit, leaving fellow housemates to believe they had left the competition for good. However, the two later returned and a party ensued among all housemates, which saw them equipped with plenty of booze and fancy dress costumes. But the alcohol fuelled a major row, which security were called in to diffuse, and cameras had to stop filming. This was the turning point for Big Brother for years to come, as the production team decided to make permanent changes to the programme, including locking the drinks cabinet, and a larger focus on duty of care of the contestants. Davina McCall reveals series five of Big Brother changed the show for good Fight Night saw a huge alcohol-fuelled fight break out between contestants, including winner Nadia Speaking on Sunday Brunch today, Davina said: “It radically changed in series 5, any Big Brother fans out there will remember Fight Night. “It kicked off and it went absolutely nuts, and from that night on we had two lawyers in every script meeting, the drinks cabinet was locked, everything changed. “We realised that actually you have to be careful. You put people in a pot of boiling water, you keep them locked into this house for so long that in the end it does drive you quite stir crazy. “Everything changed for us on that show, but they listened to the advice.” Davina insists a stronger duty of care was taken to contestants after Fight Night Davina hosted the programme for 10 years Davina went on to explain the lengths the production team went to to care for their applicants. She added: “The duty of care has got to be massive. “Contestants need to be supported and loved by the right people before and after the show.” Controversy around aftercare in reality TV has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months. Last week we revealed the Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed after 14 years following the death of guest Steve Dymond, while Love Island has also faced fierce criticism after two contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, both took their own lives within the last year. Davina explained each contestant had to be “emotionally robust” to enter the house, and after care became paramount. [bc_video video_id=”5569164604001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Davina’s in the house”] [article-rail-section title=”most read tv and showbiz” posts_category=”0″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] She went on: “You need to make sure that somebody is emotionally robust enough to deal with going on the show in the first place, and then if they’re struggling after the show then you give them a lot of help.” Davina stopped hosting the programme after it moved from Channel 4 to Channel 5. Emma Willis took over to helm the show, while Rylan Clark-Neal hosted the spin off Big Brother’s Bit On The Side. Got a story? email digishowbiz@the-sun.co.uk or call us direct on 02077824220. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.    
19 May 19
Metro
Eden Blackman leaves an employment tribunal in London where former Celebs Go Dating co-host Nadia Essex is suing him for unfair dismissal (Picture: SWNS) Eden Blackman ‘thought he was entitled to have sex with young contestants’ on Celebs Go Dating according to Nadia Essex. The 51-year-old allegedly bragged to his former co-star that a singleton on the E4 dating show’s third series had asked to have sex with him. Nadia, 37, claimed that five different women had warned her about Eden’s ‘dangerous’ behaviour at Central London’s tribunal court on Friday. The pair are currently embroiled in a court case, with Nadia suing Eden and the Celebs Go Dating producers Lime Pictures for unfair dismissal from the show after she was let go in September 2018. Nadia was sacked from Celebs Go Dating after it was uncovered that she was behind Twitter accounts used to troll Eden, who she claims ‘bullied’ her for two years on the programme. Although she admits trolling, Nadia says that her actions were down to her mental state caused by the harassment that she’d been subjected to while on the series, which had triggered past memories of sex abuse. Eden Blackman worked alongside Nadia Essex on Celebs Go Dating (Picture: SWNS) According to Nadia, Eden ‘felt entitled to have sex with impressionable young women on the show without accountability’. She continued: ‘In September 2017 Mr Blackman boasted to me that a female contestant, a very, very young contestant on the show, had asked to have sex with him. It was gross and harassing. ‘He also knew that it upset and distressed me. By telling me he could have sex with a young woman in breach of the show’s rules it harassed me. ‘His conduct towards the female contestants and cheating had put the show in jeopardy.’ Nadia added: ‘I think him bragging that he could have sex with someone from the show, knowing it’s against the rules, and we had a hostile environment was all a part of his manipulation and game. ‘The appalling discovery of what other women claimed Mr Blackman had done to them resonated on and re-awoke past sexual experiences when I was younger. Nadia had created Twitter profiles to troll Eden leading to her dismissal from the show (Picture: SWNS) ‘This led to those depressed emotions cascading through my mind and a mental collapse. Hearing the allegations upset me and brought back memories of when I was sexually assaulted.’ It was unearthed that Nadia had set up at least two Twitter accounts to purposely abuse Eden, calling him a ‘dirty dog’ and a ‘cheat.’ She alleged that when the pair had almost finished shooting the second series in July 2017, he threated to ‘f****** destroy her.’ ‘Mr Blackman launched into a tirade against me. Nadia claims Eden ‘felt he was entitled to have sex with impressionable young women’ on Celebs Go Dating (Picture; Rex) ‘His voice was raised, he was red-faced and he was pointing his finger at me. He concluded “If you think that I am a bully now, just wait, I will f***ing destroy you”.’ She added: ‘I have been suicidal at times by his harassment of me and I am now ‘disabled’ in that I am on long term anti-depressants. ‘As you can tell from the tweets I was not well and was in turmoil. It calls him out being the lying and cheating dog that I thought he was. ‘This was daily bullying and harassing behaviour. This is someone with a history on exacting revenge on women who he thinks have done him wrong. ‘It escalated and I have been warned by five different women that he is dangerous and disturbed and that I need to be careful and watch out. ‘He bullied me for two years and went under the radar and was abusing his contract for multiple series without any forethought for anybody else apart from his own needs. [metro-tag-post-strip] ‘Every time I complained he got away with it, he is used to getting his own way.’ Eden has denied engaging in sexual, physical and mental inappropriate behaviour on Celebs Go Dating, saying: ‘Nadia alleged that I had engaged in physically, mentally and sexually inappropriate behaviour with women and she draws comparisons between me and individuals in the public eye who have been found guilty or accused of serious sexual offences. ‘These allegations are extremely hurtful and damaging. I maintain that these allegations are completely false.’ Eden’s lawyer Bayo Randle said: ‘Ms Essex is a proven liar, she has accepted she has lied after initially denying she made the false Twitter accounts. ‘She fabricated allegations in October 2017 against Mr Blackman. ‘She is a compulsive liar and her assertions are bizarre. She is either a liar or disillusioned.’ [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/30/love-islands-jack-fincham-talks-celebs-go-dating-difficult-break-dani-dyer-9352263/” title=”Love Island’s Jack Fincham ‘in talks’ for Celebs Go Dating after ‘difficult’ break-up with Dani Dyer”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/25/celebs-go-dating-wrap-party-cancelled-respect-mike-thalassitis-9008272/” title=”Celebs Go Dating wrap party cancelled out of respect for Mike Thalassitis”]