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Love Island receives almost 25,000 complaints over Mad Movies challenge fallout

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Love Island received almost 25,000 complaints over Friday’s episode, which featured more fallout from the contestants’ time during the Casa Amor week of the show.

Latest Ofcom figures showed 24,763 complaints were made about the episode, which focussed heavily on the relationship breakdown of Teddy Soares and Faye Winter.

It featured Winter’s expletive-laden outburst at Soares after a row broke out when contestants were shown footage of each other in a challenge called Mad Movies.

Teddy and Faye have reconciled since the row
Image: Soares and Winter have reconciled since the row

The number of complaints surpassed the 24,500 complaints made about Diversity’s Black Lives Matter-inspired performance on Britain’s Got Talent in September last year.

It comes after Love Island received more than 5,000 complaints earlier this series, with claims an episode “misled” female contestants after they were sent images showing their partners appearing to be unfaithful.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We’ve received a high volume of complaints about last week’s Love Island, which is consistent with a trend of growing complaints about high-profile TV shows.

“We are carefully assessing the complaints we’ve received before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

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Soares and Winter had an explosive argument after the islanders were played a clip of him telling Clarisse Juliette, who has since been eliminated, that he was attracted to her.

In the video, he told Clarisse he is “technically single” during a flirty exchange and the pair were also shown kissing during a challenge.

After the clip was played to the islanders, Winter expressed her outrage about what she had seen.

She said: “Did Teddy come back once and say he was sexually attracted to someone? No.”

She later told him: “I know my worth and for me, this is done.”

Following concerns from Winter’s family about trolls, they used her social media account to remind people: “You are watching a highly edited TV show which is created for entertainment – you can never see the full picture.

“Faye is human, she may not always get things right.”

In a statement ITV said: “We take the emotional wellbeing of all the islanders extremely seriously.

“We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times.

“All the islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa. Islanders can always reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need.”