ITV responds after Love Island fans raise concerns over contestant welfare
The scenes prompted some viewers to complain to Ofcom, describing them as "unethical."
ITV has responded to complaints from viewers after airing scenes on Love Island between Faye Winter and Teddy Soares that were described by some as "uncomfortable."
On Friday's show, Faye launched an explosive attack at her partner Teddy over comments he made in Casa Amor, in which he admitted to being "sexually attracted" to other contestants.
She saw the footage after a movie night challenge set up by the producers where the islanders could see clips from earlier on in the series. By the end of Friday's episode, Faye had ended her relationship with Teddy.
But many viewers were unhappy with the fact that the show and its producers allowed the scenes to take place, and whether it was right for the intense arguments to be shown on television.
Several were concerned with the mental welfare of Faye and Teddy, with one viewer saying that they had "made an Ofcom complaint" about the show and describing the scenes as "unethical."
made an Ofcom complaint about #LoveIsland tonight because I should have done so last week. it's beyond unethical to allow what happened in tonight's episode to go ahead without intervention, never mind to broadcast it as entertainment
— Rachel (@Rachelagain) August 6, 2021
I can barely watch this anymore someone put Faye and Teddy in separate rooms and get them some emotional support pleeeeeeeeaase.
— Katie Thistleton (@KatieThistleton) August 6, 2021
Faye is on a total self-destruct mission and it's really uncomfortable to watch. #LoveIsland
— Tilly Pearce (@tillyjeanette) August 6, 2021
Now, a spokesperson for ITV has commented on Friday night's episode.
They said: "Welfare and duty of care towards our contributors is always our primary concern, and we take the emotional well-being of all the Islanders extremely seriously.
"We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera, especially if someone appears to be upset."
"All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on-site and by their friends in the villa," they told the Mirror.
"Islanders can always reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need."
Earlier this year, the broadcaster announced that they were introducing new measures to protect the mental health of contestants during and after their time in the villa.