LOVE Island viewers have urged ITV bosses to cancel the forthcoming fifth series of the popular dating show following the death of two former cast members.
Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon tragically lost their lives since Love Island was last on air in 2018, and fans feel it’s better to grief without the programme on air.
Will the fifth series be cancelled?
It’s unlikely that Love Island won’t be returning this summer.
Especially since Caroline Flack - the show’s host - has already confirmed her own return to the reality series.
Flack confirmed on April 22 that filming had commenced and that she was eager to meet the new contenders hoping to find love.
“This week we start filming for Love Island 2019,” shared on her official Instagram page.
“By the end of the week, I’m going to have potentially seen the cast for this year which is really exciting and mad that it’s come around this quick.”
What has ITV said about the death of two former cast members?
ITV seems very much focused on keeping things intact with its plans to kick off Love Island’s fifth series over the summer, having issued a statement in which the network hopes to help through the act of offering therapy to contenders while on the show.
The strong demand in having the show taken off air for the remainder of 2019 has led ITV to say the following: “This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us.”
“And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management. The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis.”
What fans and celebrities are saying about Love Island’s return?
It seems as if fans are very much in agreeance to have the show kept on hiatus until 2020, and that’s despite ITV moving ahead with production plans.
"After a second death from a Love Island contestant I think it’s fair to say ITV2 should cancel the show as its obviously too much for the contestants afterward,” one viewer shared on Twitter.
"Please cancel Love Island moving forward. It makes for good tv but it does nothing good for the mental health of participants or the viewers."
Pamela Anderson was quick to the death of Mike Thalassitis, urging television networks to stop focusing their attention on creating shows based on superficial competitions and exploitation.
The Baywatch star further notes that the contestants will end up feeling hurt and emotionally strained through the experience, which has ultimately led to several deaths - not just on Love Island, in particular.
"Please no more reality shows or reality stars - it's an epidemic of ugliness, superficial competitions, desperate and exploitive for the artist,” Anderson had tweeted in March 2019.
"You are usually bullied into doing TV like this by agents fighting over commissions - you're left without any great amount of joy or money - you feel used, dirty."
Swedish soccer player and former Islander Malin Andersson reacted to the death of her ex co-star Sophie Gradon’s death last year by stressing producers to take care of their cast.
“Love Island is cancelled in my eyes,” she shared at the time.
Josh Denzel was quick to react to the passing of Mike, adding that there’s no real guide on how to master fame once leaving the villa, so it makes it very vulnerable for those who have already struggled with the attention while on the show.
Speaking of his own experience, Denzel told GQ: "I do feel like you kind of get thrown into the lions' den and if you survive then you're just free to enter the world again.
It’s believed that Love Island’s fifth series will premiere in June but ITV has yet to announce an official date.