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Love Island 2021: Ofcom rejects 25,000 complaints over Faye Winter and Teddy Soares row

Love Island’s Teddy Soares and Faye Winter clashed on the show (Picture: ITV)

Ofcom has has rejected almost 25,000 complaints about Faye Winter’s behaviour towards Teddy Soares on Love Island.

Viewers were left upset by the scenes, which showed Faye shouting at Teddy after she was shown a video of him admitting he was attracted to Casa Amor bombshell Clarisse Juliette, with 24,911 people complaining about the episode – a record for the show.

Faye later apologised and the pair reunited before landing the third-place spot together.

An Ofcom spokesperson said in a statement: ‘We assessed a high number of complaints from viewers who were troubled by a contestant’s behaviour and language.

‘Although we recognise that emotionally-charged confrontation between couples can make for uncomfortable viewing, we consider the scenes were within viewers’ likely expectations of this programme’s established format.

‘We also took into account that the programme showed other contestants supporting Teddy, and that Faye resolved to apologise for her actions.’

In scenes that aired on August 6, the islander exploded after a clip was played to the contestants of Teddy telling Clarisse he is attracted to her while in Casa Amor.

In the video, he told Clarisse he is ‘technically single’ during a flirty exchange and the pair were also shown kissing during a challenge.

Faye apologised to Teddy (Picture: ITV)

After the footage was played, Faye expressed her outrage about what she had seen, later telling him: ‘I know my worth and for me, this is done.’

An Ofcom spokesperson said at the time: ‘We’ve received a high volume of complaints about last week’s Love Island, which is consistent with a trend of growing complaints about high-profile TV shows.

‘We are carefully assessing the complaints we’ve received, before deciding whether or not to investigate.’

Faye has since said it’s a ‘shame’ that the row was such a big part of the series.

‘Obviously it’s not nice, it’s not nice for anyone to see. I’m embarrassed, I’ve apologised – I’ve apologised on more than one occasion,’ she said on Lorraine.

‘We’re over it now as a couple, it made us stronger and we’re just looking forward to the future.

’It’s such shame it’s been such a big part of the show.’


What is Ofcom and what does it cover?

Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.

Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.

The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.

This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.

Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.

If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.

An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.


Credit: Original article published here.

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