TV watchdog Ofcom has confirmed that complaints about Love Island contestant Ollie Williams had doubled by the time he left the villa on Tuesday. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ofcom had received 231 complaints about Ollie, who had been caught up in a press controversy in the lead-up to his Love Island debut. The Cornish land owner was the subject of a story in The Sun that revealed pictures of him posing with dead animals. In the photos, the 23-year-old was seen posing next to a dead warthog, water buffalo and giant eland, with the paper claiming he had been promoting his hunting business Cornish Sporting Agency.
Ollie on his first day in the Love Island villa (Photo: ITV/Shutterstock)
More However, there have been conflicting reports about the nature of the pictures, with an unnamed “source” apparently close to the reality star also telling The Sun he “was involved in the culling of sick animals”. Since then, Ollie has left the show of his own accord, claiming he still had feelings for his ex-girlfriend, and that it would be “wrong” for him to stay in the villa. Following his exit, Ofcom confirmed to Metro that the complaints about Ollie being in the villa had doubled in a matter of days to 467, prior to his exit. The TV watchdog confirmed that they would assess each of the complaints before deciding whether to take the matter further, as is their standard procedure. A petition calling for Ollie to be removed from the show had also reached more than 38,000 signatories.
Ollie Williams (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV/Shutterstock)
More HuffPost UK contacted representatives for Love Island around the time of the initial controversy, but they declined to comment. Explaining his decision to leave the villa, Ollie said: “I have to be honest with myself, and everyone, that I do still love someone else… “I have to follow my heart in this scenario and it would be wrong for me to ignore these feelings. “At the end of the day, this is Love Island and it’s about finding love. If I carried on anything with Paige, or any other girl that might come into the villa, it wouldn’t be fair on them.” Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.
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Love Island bosses faced a huge backlash when they decided to meddle with the steadiest couple in the villa, Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, in 2018.
After the male contestants were packed off to Casa Amor, they decided to introduce Jack’s ex-girlfriend and send Dani footage of his reaction to her arrival.
With Dani unable to contact Jack to discuss what had happened, she broke down in tears and faced an emotional three-day wait to be reunited with him.
The moment attracted over 2,500 Ofcom complaints accusing bosses of emotional distress, but the TV watchdog later
cleared the show of any wrongdoing
More Aggressive behaviour
Arguably Love Island’s most explosive moment ever came back in the second series when new bombshell Malia Arkian arrived in the villa.
Once pleasantries were out of the way, a huge row erupted between Maila and Kady McDermott, after the latter accidentally spilled some of her drink on the former.
Accusing her of doing it deliberately, a heated argument then broke out culminating in Malia “shoving” her fellow contestant.
After only an hour in the villa,
Malia was swiftly removed for her aggressive behaviour
More Continuity errors
At various points during the show’s fourth series, viewers picked up on a number of continuity errors, which many believed pointed to the fact scenes were constructed.
One such example saw a glass belonging to Laura Anderson move to different positions during a chat with Jack Fowler, while another saw Georgia Steel’s false nails sudden disappear. After both of these moments, ITV insisted the incidents were simply down to the way the show was edited, and denied speculation the show was fake. More Unexplained exits
There was a sudden exit during the first week of the 2019 series when it was announced villa favourite
Sherif Lanre was leaving by mutual agreement
after breaking a rule.
speculation over the reason for his exit
grew online, bosses decided not to give any more details in his exit episode.
Instead, narrator Iain Stirling made a fleeting mention to his departure half-way through the show, before life in the villa carried on as if nothing had happened, but the handling of the situation drew swathes of criticism online.
But in a tell-all interview, Sherif later claimed he was pulled aside by producers after
“accidentally” kicking a female Islander in the groin
and making a joke about it being a “cunt-punt”.
Adam Collard’s treatment of Rosie Williams was thrown into question during the 2018 series, as he was accused by some of gaslighting.
The lothario got on the wrong side of viewers when he ditched Rosie for newcomer Zara McDermott in full view of the other contestants, without warning his then-partner what he planned to do.
When she confronted him, Adam the accused his ex of being “arsey” and overreacting.
Some complained to Ofcom
saying he was being emotionally manipulative,
while Women’s Aid issued a statement
claiming his behaviour represented a red flag that women should be on the look-out for in their own relationships.
After leaving the villa, he apologised for his actions, writing on Instagram: “I never intended to upset anybody along the way at any time, and I hope that I have and can show people that in upcoming weeks.”
More Gaslighting, again
The catering company owner came in for
criticism from viewers and women’s charity campaigners
, after he told Lucie he was uncomfortable about her “strange” and “disrespectful” friendship with
It was then revealed
TV watchdog Ofcom had received over 600 complaints
about Lucie’s treatment at the hands of Joe and some of the female Islanders.
After leaving the villa,
Joe defended himself
from accusations of gaslighting, telling The Sun: “I am gutted that it has been perceived in that way because it wasn’t like that at all.
“I always had Lucie’s best interests at heart and I promise you I would do everything and anything to help her because she had a hard time in there and didn’t get on with the girls. I was trying to help her and make her experience as amazing as possible. I thought I did right.”
More Staged scenes
Following this, however, producers were caught out having filmed a scene during a double date between Megan Barton Hanson, Wes Nelson, Jack Fowler and Georgia Steel twice.
Whether Georgia and Jack had intentionally kissed had been the subject of intense debate both in the villa and among fans, and bosses seemingly settled things once and for all by
using VAR analysis on Aftersun
However, an eagle-eyed fan spotted that
two shots from the dates proved the moment was reshot
In one clip, Jack and Georgia were seen getting up from their seats as Megan and Wes kissed in the foreground.
The other angle, shot from the opposite direction, showed the sequence of events happening in a different order. It shows Georgia and Jack stood up and kissing each other goodbye just as Megan and Wes were leaning into one another.
While there was quite clear proof of trickery at play, ITV declined to comment at the time, while 557 viewers contacted Ofcom after the kiss due to the subsequent treatment of Jack’s then-partner, Laura Anderson.
The amount the contestants were seen smoking on screen was the subject of
over 50% of the Ofcom complaints
during the 2017 season, with viewers claiming the show was glamourising the habit.
By way of addressing the controversy,
bosses decided to introduce a smoking ban
in the villa and main garden for the following series, with contestants only allowed to puff away in a designated area one at a time elsewhere in the grounds.
More Unwanted advances
Ofcom received over 700 complaints in 2019 after Maura Higgins made a series of advances towards Tommy Fury.
In an attempt to convince him to join her in the bedroom, Maura had asked Tommy if she could kiss him. But when the boxer said no,
she leaned over him and planted her lips in his check as he turned away
However, Ofcom later ruled the incident didn’t breach TV’s “generally accepted standards”.
“While we recognise that many viewers disapproved of a contestant’s behaviour in this episode, we took into account the context in which it occurred, including the nature of Maura and Tommy’s relationship, before and after,” a spokesperson said at the time.
An episode of the second series in 2016 drew particular amount of criticism over the amount of bad language that was broadcast.
The show in question contained nearly 100 profanities, including 77 uses of the F-word and 20 incidences of the word “shit”. More Slut-shaming Zara Holland was controversially stripped of her Miss GB title
by pagent bosses, after she and Alex Bowen had sex in the hideaway, who claimed she was not a “positive role model” and “did not uphold the responsibility expected of the title” because of her actions.
After producers made the call to inform her own the news, viewers saw the effect the decision had on an emotional Zara, who then began to regret her night with Alex.
As a backlash against pageant bosses began, even Love Island host Caroline Flack spoke out against their decision, tweeting: “Feel even more sorry for Zara now she’s been de-crowned. She’s a very sweet girl. What even is ‘Miss GB’? Are we living in the dark ages?”
An unlikely row broke out in 2018, following a task that saw the male Islanders dress as sexy firefighters in a bid to impress the female contestants.
The London Fire Brigade
accused the show of sexism and peddling “offensive clichés”
, penning an open letter to producers.
Steve Apter, Deputy Commissioner and the Brigade’s Director of Safety and Assurance, said: “I am extremely disappointed that the producers thought it was acceptable to conform to outdated stereotypes and repeatedly use the word ‘Fireman’.
“Firefighting is a job for both men and women and it’s ridiculous that 35 years after the first female firefighter joined London Fire Brigade, that people still refer to the job as fireman.
“While we understand that the challenges on television programmes like Love Island are just for fun, we want to shake off these outdated stereotypes and language choices so more women consider firefighting as a career.”
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