ITV has defended Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore, following Ofcom complaints made in regards to the present’s spin-off Aftersun.
Earlier this week, it was revealed Sunday’s version of the companion present attracted 427 complaints to the TV watchdog, most of them regarding remarks made about contestant Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and the remedy of former Islander Jacques O’Neill throughout his interview.
Referring to a reported intimate second between Ekin-Su and George Tasker, host Laura stated: “As soon as once more Ekin-Su swore that nothing occurred with George and it appears Davide doesn’t imagine her.”
Visitor Tom Grennan then stated: “It deffo occurred although didn’t it,” as common panellist Darren Harriott continued: “She stated her head by no means turned however I believe her hand might need turned, and probably wrist.”
Laura then turned to fellow visitor Sian Welby to ask for her tackle the scenario.
Later within the present, Laura spoke to Jacques following his exit from the villa final week.
Jacques appeared hours after the discharge of a newspaper interview, through which he stated life within the villa had “damaged” him and called appearing on Love Island “the worst decision of my life”.
On the time, viewers on social media remarked that Jacques appeared downcast and withdrawn throughout his chat with Laura.
Responding to the criticisms of her dialogue about Ekin-Su, ITV has now stated (by way of Metro): “Laura is the presenter of the present, and a part of that function is to pose inquiries to the panel and talk about occasions within the villa.
“We don’t condone trolling towards both our host or our Islanders and any subsequent elevation of those feedback.”
ITV additionally defended Jacques’ interview, persevering with: “We had varied measures in place to make sure Jacques’ welfare was prioritised always forward of and through his look on Aftersun.
“This included a full briefing with present producers to stipulate the present’s content material and sure questioning, a dialog with Laura earlier than and after the present was recorded, and chaperoning from each a welfare producer and a member of his household whereas he was in studio.
“Ought to an Islander not want to take part within the Aftersun recording, we’d at all times respect that call.”
Earlier this week, it was additionally revealed the primary present had attracted almost 3,000 complaints about “alleged bullying and misogynistic behaviour” from the male Islanders within the villa.
Love Island airs Sunday to Friday at 9pm on ITV2, with Aftersun airing Sundays at 10pm.