Love Islands Laura Whitmore defended by ITV after being flooded with over 400 Ofcom complaints
ITV has defended Love Island host Laura Whitmore after the broadcaster received more than 400 complaints after comments she made during an episode of Aftersun.
According to Ofcom, the hit reality show has recorded more than 3,000 complaints in just the last week.
Of those 3,000 complaints, 427 were in reference to comments made about Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 27, and an interview with Jacques O'Neill, 23, who was making his first TV appearance since quitting the show.
During Sunday's instalment of the after show, Laura, 37, quizzed her fellow panellists about what they thought might have happened between the Turkish soap star and Casa Amor boy George Tasker.
She began: "Once again Ekin-Su swore that nothing happened with George and it seems Davide doesn’t believe her."
Singer and panellist Tom Grennan added his thoughts, saying: "It deffo happened though, didn’t it."
Comedian Darren Harriott said: "She said her head never turned but I think her hand might have turned, and possibly wrist."
Laura continued to press her guests on the incident, turning to Capital FM DJ Sian Welby, to find out her thoughts on the incident.
Some viewers felt as though the discussion had led to those on the show "slut-shamming" Ekin-Su. Concerns were also raised over the welfare of Jacques O'Neill who made his first TV appearance since leaving the villa due to his mental health.
In a statement, ITV told Metro.co.uk : "Laura is the presenter of the show, and part of that role is to pose questions to the panel and discuss events in the villa.
"We do not condone trolling against either our host or our Islanders and any subsequent elevation of these comments."
Commenting on the viewer's concern over Jacques appearing on Aftersun, an ITV spokesperson added: "We had various measures in place to ensure Jacques’ welfare was prioritised at all times ahead of and during his appearance on Aftersun.
"This included a full briefing with show producers to outline the show’s content and likely questioning, a conversation with Laura before and after the show was recorded, and chaperoning from both a welfare producer and a member of his family while he was in studio.
"Should an Islander not wish to participate in the Aftersun recording, we would always respect that decision."
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