ITV Insists They 'Constantly' Offered Caroline Flack Guidance After Assault Charge

Richard Madeley said the Love Island host was offered "assistance and help" by ITV during Monday's Good Morning Britain.

ITV has claimed the corporation “constantly” offered guidance to Caroline Flack, following her tragic death at the age of 40.

In the weeks leading up to her death, Caroline had pleaded not guilty to an assault charge, after being arrested at her home in December, and was awaiting trial.

On Monday morning’s Good Morning Britain, guest presenter Richard Madeley shared a message from ITV bosses, who assured viewers they had been in regular “close contact” with the late Love Island host about her legal battle.

“We ought to say one thing,” Richard told viewers. “ITV has asked us just to make it clear – because there’s been some discussion about this – that they did actually keep in close contact with Caroline since this domestic incident and they were constantly offering her assistance and help.”

He added: “They wanted to make that clear on this programme.”

Caroline Flack at last year's Brit Awards
Caroline Flack at last year's Brit Awards
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In January, it was revealed that Caroline had stepped down as host of the first ever winter series of Love Island, claiming she didn’t want to be a “distraction” from the show.

Shortly after this, a producer maintained that the door would have been open for Caroline to return as host of a future series.

Following the news that Caroline had taken her own life, ITV made the decision to pull Sunday night’s episode of Love Island, though the show will return on Monday, and will include a tribute to the late presenter.

Richard Madeley shared ITV's response to Caroline's death on Monday's GMB
Richard Madeley shared ITV's response to Caroline's death on Monday's GMB
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A number of stars – including those who worked with Caroline on Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing – have been publicly paying their respects in the last few days.

Among them was Laura Whitmore, who opened her BBC Radio 5 Live show on Sunday with an emotional speech, urging her listeners to be more kind to one another.

Amanda Holden has also suggested that Caroline was “thrown to the dogs” following her assault charge, calling out what she described as the “criminal gaps” in the way the Love Island host was treated compared to other stars who have faced struggles recently.

Downing Street said Caroline’s death was a “tragedy”.

A No.10 spokesperson said: “Caroline’s death was a tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.”

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