Love Island racks up 475 Ofcom complaints over Jess and Harriett's feud and recoupling drama

Ciaran Davies and Emma Milton sharing a kiss on Love Island
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Love Island has been hit with 475 Ofcom complaints over the past week, latest figures reveal. On June 26 the ITV2 reality series garnered 210 complaints followed by 185 the next night.

The show faced an additional 80 grievances on June 28 with viewers clearly expressing their dissatisfaction. An Ofcom spokesman confirmed that the bulk of the complaints centred around two particular contestants. They stated: "Complaints about all three episodes related to Jess' behaviour towards Harriett."

Throughout these episodes viewers took to X, formerly Twitter, to voice their opinions on the tension between Jess and Harriett in the villa as the two had been at odds since their arrival. Tensions seemed to peak during a game of Never Have I Ever last week. When Ciaran, 21, accused Harriett of being "two-faced" the dancer retorted by branding him immature, reports the Mirror.

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In response he snapped: "At least I haven't been second choice for like three times though." As Jess chuckled and remarked that people shouldn't "dish it out if you can't take it" the audience felt uneasy with her attitude towards Harriett.

When the episode was broadcast one person tweeted: "Jess is trying to put Harriett down in every single conversation. No matter if it's straight up or subtle she's a bully." And another expressed: "Beginning to think the producers of #loveIsland are actual bullies too. Making Jess read out Harriett leaving is just muggy. She's a bully. What's wrong with these people?" Since then Harriett and her partner Ronnie have been unceremoniously voted off the show by public vote.

Upon her departure from the villa Harriett expressed her candid opinion on the dynamics within their group to host Maya Jama, admitting that a friendship between her and Jess was an impossibility. She said: "The comments that she was making that I've seen now I had no idea about and maybe I would've taken a different approach if I knew what she was saying behind my back. But at the end of the day I did have to put my foot down at one point because it was just getting too much. But I do wish her all the best – there's no bad blood."

The ITV dating programme could potentially field more complaints as controversial activities continue in Casa Amor. Past seasons have witnessed the two abodes face off in a racy competition dubbed Raunchy Races. Participants in each group raced to complete designated tasks with many involving picking another player for a smooch.

Traditionally the islanders were left in suspense over who locked lips with whom as they were merely informed which villa had completed the task faster. However this year show producers decided to stir drama by revealing the couples who exchanged kisses. This unexpected twist didn't appear to sit well with the original girls residing in Casa Amor.

Nicole was visibly fuming after discovering Ciaran's romantic activities with other girls causing friction as they had professed love for each other mere days prior. With minimal updates shared with the group Nicole was observed wrestling with anxiety and concern over the possibility of her partner cosying up with someone else.

Back in 2018 more than 4,000 viewers lodged complaints after former islander Dani Dyer was reduced to tears by a "misleading" postcard showing her partner kissing another contestant. Following the backlash Love Island scrapped the practice of sending postcards and introduced the much-loved Movie Night where islanders watch clips revealing events they were previously unaware of. For the latest TV and showbiz news sign up to our newsletter.