Love Island’s lie detector test segment could be axed this year after the death of a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Watchdog Ofcom has revealed how there are “alarm bells” over Love Island, which featured a lie detector test on the contestants on every series to question whether the participants are being truthful to and about their partners.
According to The Sun, lie detectors could be banned from all reality shows after Steve Dymond took his own life one week after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show. The show has since been axed after the tragedy.
Ofcom executive Sharon White spoke to a committee of MPs about lie detectors on reality TV shows, saying: “We will be looking at lie detectors and other tools used by the production companies, as to whether it’s fair treatment for vulnerable individuals.”
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She added: “As well as the most recent tragedy with Steve Dymond, alarm bells were particularly rung with two suicides, Love Island , some months after the broadcasts.
“What happens after transmission at the moment, there is a window between filming and transmission where there is advice on the media and social media and going often from being a private person to suddenly being cast into a media world.
“I guess my question which I am asking my team is to think about whether that needs to be extended somewhat after transmission, so it is that sort of regime guidance we are thinking for reality shows and factual programmes.”
Love Island is set to return on June 3 for the fifth series of the show.
2017 star of the show Mike Thalassitis tragically took his own life in March of this year. He was 26.
2016 contestant Sophie Gradon also died by suicide last year, two years after appearing on the show.
Meanwhile The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed for good after the death of guest Steve Dymond, who took his own life 10 days after filming.
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