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Should Love Island be cancelled? Viewers slam ITV and call for it to axe the reality series

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Should Love Island be cancelled?

It's a question that is being asked all over social media following ITV's decision to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show for good.

The broadcaster announced the end of the programme early on Wednesday (May 15) following the apparent suicide of one of its guests.

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Steve Dymond, 63, was found at his home days after failing a lie detector test taken during the show.

And whilst this is the first tragic incident of its kind for the tabloid talk show, it has left many asking why ITV2's reality series has been able to continue after the death of two of its former stars.

Sophie Gradon, 32, who appeared on the hit TV programme in 2016, was found hanged in June by her boyfriend, who later took his own life in similar circumstances.

Sophie Gradon smiling at the beach: Sophie Gradon during her appearance on Love Island © ITV Sophie Gradon during her appearance on Love Island

In March this year tragedy struck for a second time when 2017 Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis, 26, was found hanged in a north London park.

In the aftermath of Mike's death, ITV faced a lot of scrutiny over the care it gave to its contestants.

Show bosses then issued a statement saying they will offer 'bespoke training' to all future contestants.

They said: "When something so awful happens we naturally enter a period of soul searching and ask whether anything could have been done.

"This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us. And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis took his own life earlier this year © Ian West/PA Wire Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis took his own life earlier this year

"The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis."

But with Love Island set to air for a fifth series in a matter of weeks, and following events of the past few days, viewers are calling for the show also to be axed.

Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins, who appeared on The Apprentice in 2006 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, first said: ""Jeremy Kyle Show 3320 episodes. 16 series. 1 death - suspected suicide. ITV pull show. Mass hysteria. The mob mobilises.

"Love Island 148 episodes. 4 series. 2 deaths - suspected suicide. ITV celebrate success. Most watched non-terrestrial program. 2019 promo underway."

Many of the replies from her followers agreed with her comments and wider comments have been made across social media.

"As much as I love Love Island they can't keep that on air with two deaths in the past year or two then take Jeremy Kyle off air with one death in 14 years. If ITV only care about ratings then that's pretty disgusting," commented one fan.

Another said: "Dear @itvlondon if you're going to axe the Jeremy Kyle following the death of a contestant (the 1st in 14 years) dont you think you ought to also cancel Love Island after the deaths of 2 contestants in just 4 years? Or is revenue more important than peoples welfare?"

"I've NEVER liked Jeremy Kyle as a TV show but for it to be axed after ONE death after like a decade and love island have had 2 deaths in 2 years, come on ITV do better," added a third.

A viewer also said: "Ok @ITV youve axed @ITVJeremyKyle ...now axe @LoveIsland aswell #AxeLoveIsland."

A picture shows the logo of broadcaster ITV at their MediaCityUK studios in Salford, Greater Manchester, northwest England, on May 14, 2019. - All episodes of a popular British talk show have been pulled from the internet and filming has been suspended after the reported suicide of a former guest Tuesday. Broadcaster ITV pulled its most popular daytime show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" off air indefinitely following the death of 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after he appeared on an episode. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images) A picture shows the logo of broadcaster ITV at their MediaCityUK studios in Salford, Greater Manchester, northwest England, on May 14, 2019. - All episodes of a popular British talk show have been pulled from the internet and filming has been suspended after the reported suicide of a former guest Tuesday. Broadcaster ITV pulled its most popular daytime show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" off air indefinitely following the death of 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after he appeared on an episode. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images) "Come on @ITV. If you're going to axe #JeremyKyle for one death in 14 years, please confirm you're reviewing #LoveIsland after 2 deaths in the past 2 years," commented a fifth.

Another posed the question: "I know they're two vastly different programmes but a guest commits suicide after being on JK Show and there's calls for it to be cancelled, but two commit suicide after taking part in Love Island and viewers can’t wait for it to return?"

Former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan took a different view. She said: "It's not about axing shows. Love Island is about to start again.

"It's about ITV actually caring about guests/contestants/reality TV stars. As soon as the show is finished, that's it.

"Why isn't there support? Does it cost too much? More than a life? The suicides won't stop."  

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed by ITV © ITV The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed by ITV

The decision to axe the Jeremy Kyle Show, which was filmed in Salford, was announced today (May 15) by ITV's CEO, Carolyn McCall.

She said in a statement: "Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

"The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.

"Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."

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