TV fans have called for the axe to fall on this summer's series of Love Island, following ITV's permanent cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show over the death of its guest, Steve Dymond.
Love Island is due to begin in less than three weeks – with a provisional launch on Monday June 3 – but viewers are torn over whether it should still go ahead.
Two of the popular summer dating show's former contestants both took their own lives in the wake of the programme, and both struggled with mental health problems before and after Love Island.
Sophie Gradon took her life last year, while 2018 villa mate Mike Thalassitis was found dead in a field near his family home in March.
After Mike's death, ITV announced it would be beefing up its care procedures to ensure Islanders felt safe and comfortable throughout filming and back in the UK.
Among the enhanced procedures were the offer of therapy to every single Islander, not just those who get in touch to ask for it.
Bosses said they will also be checking in on a regular basis on Islanders after the series has wrapped, and will arrange social media training and financial management for their young stars.
But with the tragic news that Steve Dymond was found dead a few days after failing the Jeremy Kyle Show's lie detector test, fans are questioning whether Love Island can and should still bring back its own lie detecting session.
Each series to date has put the final couples through their paces by hooking them up to a lie detector and asking a series of probing questions about their relationships – and the results are usually explosive.
But with one Jeremy Kyle Show guest proving his lie detector result was false – and coming close to suicide amid the backlash he received – does the Love Island lie detector still have a place in the show?
Furious fans have tweeted all morning about ITV appearing not to treat its two shows equally.
Wrote one: "I'm a massive fan of Love Island, but if ITV are axing Jeremy Kyle because of a person’s suicide, surely that only means one thing for Love Island? Or are the ratings more important?"
Another said: "Okay so @ITV can cancel Jeremy Kyle after 15 seasons and one suicide but Love Island has had 4 seasons and 2 cast member deaths and that’s already on its 2019 promo? Yeah really care about mental health."
A third tweeted: "Dear @itvlondon if you’re going to axe the Jeremy Kyle following the death of a contestant (the 1st in 14 years) dont you think you ought to also cancel Love Island after the deaths of 2 contestants in just 4 years? Or is revenue more important than peoples welfare?"
And a fourth said: "Wait…wait Jeremy Kyle has been cancelled despite giving psychological care to their guests before and after filming but shows like Big Brother and Love Island are allowed to thrust the general public into the limelight with no sort of counselling and expect them to just cope?"
"Oh you'll cancel Jezza but you keep love island on – can tell which brings in more money for you," added a fifth.
Sophie Gradon's grieving mum has already slammed The Jeremy Kyle Show, comparing that show to Love Island's pre-screening procedures.
"Exploiting the susceptible, using someone unfairly for your own advantage, imposing on their vulnerability. This sickens me to the pit of my stomach. SophieGradon was screened by a Phycologist who Identified she had issues with Mental Health," Deborah Gradon tweeted on Tuesday.
"Producers even ensured her Meds were delivered to the Villa Knowing they could manipulate her and get inside her head. When will this misuse of the vulnerable stop, it's the most eveil & puerile form of entertainment SophieGradon JeremeyKyle STOP ."
Deborah added: "It's a Theatre of bloody cruelty and it’s no coincidence that SophieGradon was actually approached and asked to appear on the JeremeyKyle show to continue the fiasco of the LoveIsland ignominy. Shame on you ITV ."
Mirror Online has contacted Love Island reps for comment.
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