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Love Island’s summer series could be cancelled as ITV bosses hold crisis talks following Caroline Flack’s death

LOVE Island’s future was in the balance last night after six hours of talks.

Bosses cancelled Sunday’s episode out of respect to Caroline’s family but said the show would continue on Monday night with a tribute.

A source said: “The tragic news about Caroline saw a last-minute meeting called.

“Love Island is commercially huge but those with vested interests are concerned about its effect.

“There was talk of resting it for a series and even taking it out of production for the foreseeable future.”

Sophie Gradon, who took part in 2016, was found dead aged 32 in June 2018.

Her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, who discovered her body, committed suicide 20 days later.

Last March Mike Thalassitis, who appeared in the 2018 series, took his life at 26.

Social media users said the show had grown “toxic” and focused too much on looks.


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Brad Pike tweeted: “If Jeremy Kyle was cancelled after one death, why hasn’t love island after four?”

They are now facing mounting pressure to axe the show entirely.

More aftercare was brought in last year including therapy plus training on social media and money management.

A source added: “Love Island has been tarnished by what has happened and even though the aftercare system for contestants was overhauled this year, it feels there is still a long way to go.


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“It’s vital they get this right for the sake of contestants and those who have worked – and are working – on the show.”

An ITV spokeswoman said: “After careful consultation between Caroline’s representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight’s Love Island out of respect for Caroline’s family.

“Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts.”

Channel 4 has cancelled The Surjury, due to be hosted by Caroline this year and featuring people pitching for free cosmetic surgery.