LOVE Island has been embroiled in a “bullying” row – with hundreds of viewers complaining to the TV watchdog.
Ofcom told The Sun it has received more than 300 complaints over the treatment of Ron Hall.
Love Island viewers complained that Ron Hall was being bulliedRexRexMany have accused the star of ganging up on him this week[/caption]
The partially-blind financial advisor, 25, was the subject of damaging rumours about him in recent episodes.
The ITV2 show received 245 complaints for the episode on Sunday and a further 57 after Monday’s trip to Love Island.
Ofcom said that in both cases complaints related to alleged bullying of Ron by other contestants.
There were also 99 complaints about producers giving axed stars Olivia Hawkins and Maxwell Samuda the power to vote off another couple on Wednesday night.
Fans had complained about how Ron and his girlfriend Lana Jenkins were treated on social media after Sunday’s episode.
First Rosie Seabrook told her co-stars that he’d been trying make trouble in her relationship with Casey O’Gorman.
She told them: “He made a comment that you prioritise the boys over me and he said that I should take a step back.”
The remark caused shock but Ron insisted that wasn’t the context he’d used – and that he was just trying to help.
One viewer tweeted: “Rosie is twisting Ron’s words to jump on the bullying Ron bandwagon. He was trying to give you some honest advice.”
He was later left close to tears after being told that talk about him being a “game player” had swept the villa behind his back.
Several of the cast took his remarks, about how people who have a tough time at the start of the show experience “plain sailing” towards the end, as an admission he was plotting a path to the final.
He told Samie Elishi, who accused him to his face: “I’m livid – I’m just not going to have it.
He reasoned: “In what way are we spinning this to make the context about me saying that I’m going to do that same thing?
“The only way that’s being perceived is by either your or Tom going away and taking that and then making out that it’s sad that way.”
One wrote: “The bullying of Ron on love island and the fake treatment of Lana is SO uncomfortable to watch this year.”
Samie Elishi told Ron that the whole villa was talking about his commentsErotemeLana Jenkins broke down in tears at Ron being made to look badEroteme
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