EXCLUSIVE Love Island staff say the mood on the set is “terrible,” but told that their “jobs are safe”
The Love Island crew is ‘reassured’ about the future of the show and told their ‘jobs are safe’ after the tragic death of former presenter Caroline Flack.
Employees of the ITV2 reality series described the mood on the set in Cape Town, South Africa, as “on the floor” and “incredibly low” when they went to work for tonight’s episode.
Although the show’s future is reported to be “in balance,” the production has been told that the show will not be adjusted and the summer series is scheduled to continue as planned, while ITV2 bosses want to recruit winter host Laura Whitmore, 34, on a permanent basis.
According to those working on the set, Caroline’s tribute will be a montage and broadcast at the top of the show, and her former co-star Iain Stirling, 32, has told tonight’s episode as normal.
“The mood is on the ground, it’s terrible”: the Love Island crew is “reassured” about the future of the show and told their “jobs are safe” after the tragic death of former presenter Caroline Flack
A source told MailOnline: “The mood on the set is on the floor, it’s terrible.
“For the first time since Caroline’s death, the staff is homesick – the only thing they want now is to be home with their loved ones again.
‘Seniors constantly check that everyone is OK, but it is clear that all employees can think about it.
“Although the final decisions for the show have yet to be made, the staff are reassured that the summer series will continue as planned and that their jobs are safe.
“Tonight’s Love Island episode starts with a montage by Caroline, of which producers hope it will be a fitting tribute to the star.”
‘Their jobs are safe’: the production is reassured, the show will not be adjusted, because bosses want to permanently recruit the winter series Laura Whitmore, 34.
Moving: ITV published the above statement stating that Love Island would return Monday evening and include a tribute to the former presenter
Participants in the current Love Island series have still not been informed of Caroline’s death. It is not yet clear whether they will be informed at a later date.
An insider told MailOnline: “Love Island bosses won’t tell stars from the current series.”
ITV canceled Love Island Unseen Bits, which is usually broadcast on Saturday night and cooled the Sunday episode after Caroline, 40, who was five years before the dating series, died on Saturday in her house in East London.
Love Island is returning as planned on Monday evening, after the current host Laura paid tribute to Caroline and called on the show to work on “loving and caring and safe and protected.”
In a sincere speech on her BBC 5 Live show, Laura said: “Caroline loved love, that’s all she wanted.
“It’s all employees can think about”: Caroline, who tragically took her own life on Saturday, led the ITV2 dating series for five years and was loved and respected by cast and crew
In the dark: Participants in the current Love Island series are still not told about Caroline’s death. It is not yet clear whether they will be informed at a later date
“That’s why a show like Love Island was important to her, because the show is about finding love, friendship and laughter.
“The problem wasn’t the show. The show to work on is loving and caring and safe and protected. The problem is that the outside world is not. ”
It is claimed that Caroline took her own life just minutes after her good friend Lou Teasdale, 36, left her flat, where she had stayed with the star on Valentine’s Day.
The distraught TV presenter was supposed to be shocked by the prospect of a “show trial” about an alleged attack on her boyfriend and was afraid she could not handle the fallout.
Supporting friends: Mollie Grosberg, a TV producer, placed this photo of Caroline in an Instagram story – it is the last photo of Flack, taken just hours before committing suicide
Friends said she was harassed by the idea that a jury would see images of the police bodycam taken on the night she was accused of attacking Lewis Burton, 27 and hoped the trial would not go ahead .
Heartbroken Lewis, who vowed to get answers after her death, begged the CPS not to file a complaint and raged against a court ban that kept them apart during Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
In a statement posted on Instagram on Sunday, Lewis said: “My heart is broken, we had something so special. I am so lost for words, I am in so much pain, I miss you so much.
‘I know you felt safe with me, you always said that when I am with you I think of nothing else and that I was not allowed to be there this time I kept asking and asking.
“I will be your voice dear, I promise I will ask all the questions you wanted and I will get all the answers that nothing will bring you back, but I will try to make you proud every day.” I love you with all my heart. “
Tribute: Caroline’s friend Lewis Burton, 27, said he was “deeply sad” when he posted a statement on his Instagram page on Sunday