Love Island Recoupling Episode Garnered 196 Ofcom Complaints

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The fallout from Love Island's explosive recoupling episode has seen almost 200 viewers complain to Ofcom, the British broadcasting watchdog.

Following the show's infamous Casa Amor episodes - where islanders are split for several days and introduced to new "bombshells" - a number of the original contestants chose to couple up with different people.

In Wednesday night's episode, contestants Amber Gill and Amy Hart were left in tears, prompting furious arguments in the Majorcan villa. Hundreds of viewers on social media were upset by the scenes, with dozens calling for producers to step in.

One said seeing the Hart crying was "too cruel for TV" while another said: "Amy is actually struggling someone help her please."

ITV has said all the contestants are being "fully supported by professionals on site" as well as their friends on the show.

A spokeswoman for Ofcom said the watchdog was assessing 196 complaints, all relating to the aftermath of the recoupling, but is "yet to decide whether or not to investigate".

Last year, more than 2,500 fans complained after contestant Dani Dyer was shown a clip of boyfriend Jack Fincham reacting to his former girlfriend entering Casa Amor.

But producers left out evidence of Jack's growing loyalty to Dani, the daughter of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, and she was left in tears. Fans said it was an unfair misrepresentation, and accused the show of emotional abuse.

The show has a complicated history with duty of care as two former contestants have taken their own lives following the show's aftermath. Ahead of this year's series, the production team has announced a new set of procedures designed to protect the welfare of islanders.

According to the new guidelines, contestants will receive bespoke training on dealing with social media, as well as advice on finance and adjusting to life back home following their appearance on the show.

Upgraded provisions will also include a minimum of eight therapy sessions for each Islander on their return home as well as “proactive contact” from the team for a period of 14 months afterwards.

The show's cast and crew worked with mental health specialist Dr Paul Litchfield ahead of the show's airing, a former government Chief Medical Officer, ahead of the 2019 series to independently review the show and help “evolve and enhance” Love Island’s duty of care arrangements.

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