Love Island host Laura Whitmore defends herself from criticism after ‘humiliating a broken' contestant 4 days ago

Love Island host Laura Whitmore defends herself from criticism after ‘humiliating a broken' contestant

The host was accused of acting 'in bad faith and to humiliate'

Laura Whitmore has defended herself after she was accused of 'humiliating' a 'broken' Love Island contestant.

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The presenter was hosting Sunday's edition of Love Island: Aftersun in the aftermath of that night's episode, which saw Remi Lambert dumped from the villa.

Remi left the show after failing to be picked in the latest recoupling, and was appearing on the ITV2 spinoff live from the island.

Although he wasn't in the villa for long, lasting just six days, Remi did have one memorable moment when he performed an on-the-spot rap for his fellow islanders.

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So, when he appeared on Aftersun, Whitmore asked him to deliver an "exclusive rap." Although it started well enough at first, the whole thing became increasingly awkward and he was unable to think of a final line.

Some felt this had been what Whitmore and the producers were hoping for.

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Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: "Hope #LoveIsland supports Remi. He looked broken on #Loveislandaftersun. Asking him to rap was done in bad faith and to humiliate. I thought @thewhitmore & crew were supposed to 'BE KIND?'"

But Whitmore clarified the situation, saying that Remi had been asked in advance if he could prepare something for the show, and that perhaps it had been the "nerve wracking" nature of live television that had caused the blunder.

She wrote: “Remi is a rapper and asked in good faith in advance if he’d rap and prepare something which he did.

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“Live telly is nerve wrecking, believe me, so maybe he was a bit nervous but he deserved to have his time. Also I want to make Remi & Afia happen!”

Love Island airs at 9pm on ITV2 every day other than Saturdays.

Episodes are available to watch the following morning on BritBox.

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