Love Island hit with more than 5,000 Ofcom complaints this series after backlash

This year’s Love Island is set to be the most complained about series with over 5,000 complaints from angry fans.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom received the complaints between July 27 and August 2, with over 4,000 of them coming from viewers who were disappointed by what they witnessed during Casa Amor.

Many believed that Teddy Soares was made to look like a cheat when he was captured locking lips with someone other than his partner Faye Winter in a postcard sent to the girls in the main villa.

However the image had been taken as part of a Truth or Dare game with the bombshells over at Casa Amor – but the damage had already been done as Faye decided to get to know some of the new boys.

This led to fans of the dating show to take to Twitter and express their frustration at what they had witnessed.

One person wrote: “Nah!!! I hate this so much. Ofcom. I’m coming.”

Another said: “Whichever producer did that postcard needs to lose their job btw.”

A further 600 complaints were logged on Ofcom two days later in tense scenes which saw Teddy come back single and Faye slamming him having believed he was unfaithful.

The ITV2 show, which kicked off in June, initially faced backlash from over 1,000 viewers after contestant Danny Bibby became embroiled in a race row following his entrance on July 15.

Bosses allowed the 25-year-old from Manchester to apologise from inside the villa despite having used the N-word on social media.

In a statement on the show, he said: “I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark. I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all.

"I am not a racist person and it's unacceptable language and ignorant. I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again. I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show."

Love island is no stranger to complaints after a total of 4,197 reached out to Ofcom in 2018 when Jack Fincham’s ex Ellie entered Casa Amor leaving partner Dani Dyer in tears.

At the time, ITV said: "We understand your strong feelings towards the clip that was shown to Dani.

"When Islanders agree to appear on Love Island they do so with the aim of finding love. However, they are also aware that they are taking part in a game with a £50,000 prize for the winners.

"We talk at length to all of the Islanders before entering the villa to say that the relationships they form will be tested.”

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