Love Island bosses have responded to the latest “fix” accusations to hit the show, after an old Reddit Q&A with a former producer resurfaced.
Last year, someone who claimed they worked on the 2018 series of Love Island took part in an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, inviting fans to pose their questions about the show.
During this, the unnamed Love Island staffer claimed that producers “absolutely” manipulate the show in favour of certain contestants, depending on which couples they want to win.
“They’re deciding who makes best tv, who is the most frustrating to work with and such things,” they wrote. “It’s not just one person saying ‘oh no I like them’. It’s an informed decision.”
They added that the show is “very” constructed, claiming: “If a conversation is asked, by a producer, to happen to give the viewer a better experience, and a better understanding of contestants feelings, then that’s what happens. I find it strange how many people get aggravated over this, when they know this.”
After being asked about these quotes, a Love Island rep told The Mirror: “As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what’s happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.
“We have always been completely transparent about this and the way the show is produced. This is often acknowledged in the voiceover by Iain Stirling.
“The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves. As we have said since series one, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements.”
They also pointed out that they are “unable to verify the identity of the individual who has made these claims”.
After a seemingly never-ending stream of bombshell arrivals, things finally seem to be winding down on the current series of Love Island, with Michael and Francesca the latest pair to be shown the door.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.