The Circle’s Manrika Khaira took matters into her own hands amid vile trolling (Picture: PA)
The Circle’s Manrika Khaira asked Channel 4 to stop posting footage of her on social media because of the fan backlash and vile death threats.
The 24-year-old caused a stir on the gameshow, with those watching at home shocked by some of her antics as she battled to win the £100,000 prize money.
Viewers took to social media in their droves to discuss the scenes, with some going so far as to target the star with vile messages.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk about the reaction, she explained that she took matters into her own hands, with her management company issuing a statement over the fan fury.
‘I asked Channel 4 to stop posting content of me on their page, because of the backlash that I was getting,’ she told us.
‘It was really, really bad and it was making it worse with the content on the page. So I asked them to stop posting.
‘It’s not a reality TV show, it’s a game show and people seem to forget that. You wouldn’t go after a contestant on the Chase, and go after them because they’d beat the Chaser.
‘It’s a prize fund at the end of the day, and it is a game of survival. You don’t know in there who’s real and who’s fake, who’s playing a game, who’s playing you behind your back. You don’t know.
‘So you’ve got to look out for yourself because it’s a game of survival. I think if I’d played it any differently, I wouldn’t have got to where I got to.’
Manrika managed to get herself into the final two, with Circle ‘boyfriend’ Felix – aka catfish Natalya – eventually winning the jhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CNSjOCElpHi/ackpot.
Manrika was met with a wave of abuse on social media during her time on the show (Picture: Channel 4)
Throughout the series, she explained that she was taking part to ease the financial burden on her family, after they’d experienced tough times.
And she suggested that, as the finale drew closer, the vitriol began to ease as her true story was revealed properly, with viewers able to understand the reasoning behind her actions.
‘I actually stayed away from my phone a little bit last night, so I haven’t actually read many messages or any comments. I don’t read Twitter anyway,’ she added.
‘But in the past 48 hours, when I was checking the day before yesterday, it had started to ease. I feel like it was at a point where people understood my motivation for being there.
‘Although people might not agree with my gameplay, my motivation for being there is pure and I think it’s quite relatable to a lot of people as well.’
The Circle is available to watch on All4 now, with all episodes on catch up.
Credit: Original article published here.