The bosses of Love Island went into crisis talks on Sunday because they decide whether they want to continue the show or bite forever in the light of Caroline Flack’s death.
Saturday night’s episode of the ITV2 dating show was withdrawn after news that the former host of the show had died of suicide at her home in North London 40 hours ago.
And with just the participants who only have seven days in the villa before the grand finale is broadcast on February 23, executives are now working on working out a final plan on how to treat the future juggernaut.
Conversations: Bosses from Love Island went into crisis discussions on Sunday to decide whether to continue with the show or give an ax in the light of Caroline Flack’s death. The star died on Saturday due to suicide
Mark Di Stefano of Financial Times went to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to report that bosses at ITV were locked up in meetings to discuss how best to respond to the tragic death of the TV personality.
He wrote: ‘ITV execs and program makers are now coming together to discuss how to respond to Caroline Flack’s death. Told to expect more information this afternoon about tonight’s episode of Love Island and the long term. “
MailOnline has also been informed that the show’s participants have not yet been informed by the show’s managers about the tragic death of Flack.
Silence: MailOnline has also learned that show managers should not yet be informed by show managers of the tragic death of Flack. Luke Trotman and Siânnise Fudge are depicted
Meetings: Mark Di Stefano of Financial Times went to Twitter on Sunday to report that bosses were locked up in ITV in meetings to discuss how best to respond to the tragic death of the TV star
Participants are the first to participate in the winter series of the South Africa show, presented by Laura Whitmore after Flack resigned after her arrest on suspicion of mistreatment of her friend Lewis Burton, 27.
Her next judicial date with regard to the charges was scheduled for March 4.
Flack tragically took her own life in her home in North London, while the girlfriend who was staying with her “came to the shops.”
It only came a few hours after she found out that she would be on trial next month, despite Mr. Burton’s assertion that he wanted to drop the charges.
A source from Love Island on Sunday told MailOnline that it is ‘business as usual’ at the villa, with participants completely unaware that the former host took her own life.
Tragic: Flack, pictured in 2018, tragically took her own life in her home in North London while the friend who was staying with her “came to the shops”
The highlight show of Saturday night was canceled as a sign of respect, but there are no indications that the rest of the show will go wild.
A spokesperson for the show said Saturday, “Everyone on Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news.”
The 40-year-old is the third person involved in the hit series to kill himself.
Sophie Gradon was found dead in 2018 at the age of 32, while the body of Mike Thalassitis, 26, was discovered near his home in 2019.
On Sunday the hashtag #cancelloveisland was trending on Twitter, with several calls to get the program off the air because The Jeremy Kyle Show was following the death of a guest.
Retired: Flack resigned after her arrest on suspicion of assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27. In the photo together in October 2019
Another Flack show recorded for Channel 4, The Surjury, has been canceled as a sign of respect.
The new series, which was set up to see participants under the knife if they were given a thumbs-up by a 12-person jury, was broadcast later in 2020.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 said Subway: ‘We are shocked and sad to hear the tragic news about Caroline Flack.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Caroline’s family and friends. Under the given circumstances, we have decided not to broadcast The Surjury. ”
Court: the star’s next orbit was scheduled for March 4. Shown at the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in London on December 23, 2019
ITV and Love Island producers have already been examined for instigating that decision, with many wondering what support they gave her.
Reality shows have been warned by Ofcom that they have a duty of care towards their stars.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who spoke about Sky News Sophy Ridge on Sunday, repeated the TV regulator and said that “the duty of care should be considered” about Flack’s death.
But he warned: ‘It is clear that people who make these programs have a duty of care, not only for participants, but also for presenters.
‘But I don’t want to draw conclusions too quickly. We know that there were circumstances here. ”
Pal: Participants are the first to participate in the winter series of the South Africa show, which was presented by Laura Whitmore after Flack stepped down. Shown in January 2019
The former presenter has been described by friends as a feeling ‘alone’ and that she ‘could not see a way out’.
They claim that she struggled with her mental health and used antidepressants before her death.
One of Flack’s last Twitter likes was a post-suicide prevention post-Christmas that said, “For many people, this is a difficult time of the year.
‘Suicide Hotline 116 123 (Samaritans) A simple copy and paste can save a person’s life. If you are struggling, please talk to someone. XXX ‘
MailOnline has contacted ITV for comments.
If you are struck by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
Fight: Friends of the 40-year-old TV personality claim that she was struggling with her mental health and using antidepressants before her death