ITV will host a showreel homage to Love Island presenter Caroline Flack when the program returns tonight and claims it is "too early" to show again.
The broadcaster faces a reality show crisis after Flack's suicide, but after talking yesterday, he decided to push the latest Love Island series.
Previously faced by Flack, it had been subjected to intensive scrutiny after the suicides of two former candidates in the past two years.
Two episodes of the dating show were canceled this weekend, but she'll be returning to ITV2 and Virgin Media One tonight with a tribute to her former presenter.
However, television critic Scott Bryan told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show that it was "just a little early" to return.
ITV was faced with a reality show crisis yesterday evening after the suicide of presenter Caroline Flack
ITV got into a crisis when the talks about the future of Love Island continued (Image above: Callum Jones, Leanne Amaning, Sophie Piper, Ollie Williams, Shaughna Phillips, Jess Gale, Eve Gale, Connor Durman, Nas Majeed, Mike Boateng, Paige) Turley and Siannise Fudge & # 39; Love Island & # 39; TV Show, Series 6, South Africa – Jan 2020)
He said, "Of course there are viewers who would say that Love Island is not really connected to it. As you rightly emphasized, the reasons why someone kills themselves are due to a variety of different factors.
"Then some say it should pay homage to Caroline, but I also think a lot of people would say it just feels too early. I think I'm in this camp – I personally feel that it's a little early.
"I think it's just the fact that Love Island is such a bubbly show, such a warm show, such an uplifting show – and it just doesn't feel like the cultural mood we are in as a country right now , I think.
"I think it is also incredibly difficult for the crew – Laura Whitmore speaks so passionately that I can warmly recommend people to watch it – to continue the rest of the series when it is incredibly difficult for their sanity.
Caroline Flack oversees the dumping TV show & # 39; Love Island & # 39 ;, Series 5, Episode 14, Mallorca, Spain – June 18, 2019
"But I would also like to point out that this was really devastating news at the weekend, especially when it comes to a familiar face."
Flack resigned from her role as a presenter in December after she was arrested for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton (27).
The decision to continue the program, which is due to end next weekend, shocked industry insiders who expected the broadcaster to cancel it after their death.
Two former candidates – Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis – have committed suicide in the past two years, and Gradon's boyfriend killed himself weeks after she died.
Eamonn Holmes, one of ITV's best known moderators, asked whether the series should be continued out of "respect" for Caroline Flack. On Twitter he wrote: & # 39; Caroline Flack … Dear God. Incredibly shocked. May she have found peace.
"Must surely have an impact on Love Island now?"
He later added: "Can the series continue out of respect?"
Love Island blames online trolls for this
Laura Lovemore, the host of New Love Island, collapsed when she attacked online trolls over Caroline Flack's death.
The presenter was tearful when she opened her radio yesterday, criticizing media coverage and those who "demonize and tear down success".
She also appealed to the audience to be kind to others after her friend's death.
Laura Whitmore, who collapsed in an emotional tribute to Whitemore's radio show on Sunday morning while paying homage to her "lively and loving" friend Caroline Flack
Miss Whitmore, 34, replaced Miss Flack for the current series of the ITV2 reality show after she was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
"At the age of 40, Caroline Flack made the decision to commit suicide and I will talk about her and give her the respect she deserves," she said at the opening of her BBC 5 live show.
She said Miss Flack was "lively, loving, and passionate about life."
She added, "I won't pretend to be perfect, but is that someone?
She has lived every mistake publicly under the control of the media.
& # 39; Caroline loved to love. That's all she wanted, which is why Love Island was important to her because the show is about finding love, friendship, and laughter. & # 39; Miss Whitmore made it clear that the show, which was criticized after the suicides of two former candidates, was not "the problem".
& # 39; The show is loving and caring and safe and secure. The problem is that the outside world is not. & # 39;
She added: “We have enough for the press that demonizes and tears down success. Enough for paparazzi and tabloids looking for a cheap sale, for trolls hiding behind a keyboard.
"So listener, be friendly, only you are responsible for how you treat others."
Others also paid tribute to the late star. The 35-year-old singer Olly Murs, who introduced Miss Flack X Factor, said that she was his "sister" and that he had not "stopped crying".
ITV colleagues Holly Willoughby (39) and Phillip Schofield (57) paid tribute to them at the Dancing On Ice last night.
A visibly upset Mr. Schofield said, “We would like to take a moment to remember Caroline Flack in the face of the terrible news of yesterday. We wanted to say that our hearts go out to their family and friends. & # 39;
Love Island was replaced yesterday on ITV2 by Ibiza Weekender, which attracted 341,000 viewers, compared to 2,173,000 for Love Island last Sunday.
On Saturday, the show was replaced by You & # 39; ve Been Framed, which attracted 163,000 viewers, compared to 507,000 for Love Island last Saturday.
The most watched program on ITV2 on Saturday was FYI Daily with 272,000 viewers, while the same show was seen the most on Sunday with 431,000 viewers.
Love Island's main sponsors, take-away service Just Eat, said this supports ITV's decision to draw episodes over the weekend.
Yesterday, the station's sources defended the organization against proposals that Flack did not support adequately after her arrest and subsequent charges of attacking Lewis Burton.
An ITV insider said last night: “We have contacted her and her agent several times since the December incident. We had offered our support. We asked and made sure that she was looking for any support she needed to help her during this time.
"We offered our own help and said that it was available to her. Caroline and her team did it and we offered to provide any necessary or appropriate support. & # 39;
The source added: & # 39; Caroline had a lasting relationship with the Love Island team, with (moderator) Laura Whitmore and (narrator) Iain Stirling. Despite everything that happened in her personal life, Caroline always showed her positive attitude towards Love Island and its place in her life. & # 39;
After spending the dating show on Saturday and Sunday evenings, there was speculation as to whether the rest of the series would air at all.
But yesterday the broadcaster said it would be back tonight with a tribute to Flack.
As confirmation that the show was going to be broadcast, an ITV spokesman said: "Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and loved her. We are all absolutely devastated by this tragic news. & # 39;
Explaining the reasons for the show's cancellation on Sunday night, he said: "After careful consultation between Carolines representatives and the Love Island production team and considering how close we are to the news of Caroline's tragic death, we have decided that Love Island on Sunday failed to send respect for Caroline's family.
"Love Island will return on Monday night, which will include a tribute to Caroline that will be in our hearts forever."
Flack is the fourth person connected to the ITV2 dating program and killed himself. The candidate Sophie Gradon, who participated in the 2016 series, was found dead in 2018 at the age of 32.
Her friend Aaron Armstrong, 25, killed himself three weeks later. Mike Thalassitis, who attended the show in 2017, was 26 years old when he was found dead in March last year.
The hashtag #cancelloveisland was announced on Twitter last night. Users rated the program's format as "toxic" and asked why it was still broadcast.
Flack, described by her management as "vulnerable," resigned from the presentation of the Love Island winter series after allegedly attacking Burton in her North London apartment in Islington in December.
She made a non-guilty declaration of assault on Highbury Corner Magistrates & # 39; court and was released on bail, on condition that she terminated contact with her boyfriend before a lawsuit that was due to start next month.
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