Love Island bosses ‘axe lie detector tests’ after series of reality show suicides

Love Island bosses have reportedly decided to axe their famous lie detector challenge following a number of deaths linked to reality TV shows.

The decision comes following the passing of a former The Jeremy Kyle Show guest, as well as the suicides of former Love Island stars Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26

According to an ITV source, the decision was made as part of efforts to clean up the show’s image.

Lie detector tests have been a dramatic part of the ITV2 show in the past and saw couples grilled about their romances.

The results were then shown to the rest of the islanders as well as viewers.

A source told The Sun: “A series of top-level meetings have been held over the past few weeks with regard to safety measures and duty of care procedures.

“One of the issues raised was the lie detector. The feeling was, in the wake of the Jeremy Kyle case, bosses must be whiter than white — they cannot mess with people’s emotions.”

The insider went on to say that the tests used on the show were “basic” and had “not been approved by the British Polygraph ­Association”.

They added: “While nothing is set in stone and ideas change on an almost daily basis, at the moment there are no plans to bring the ­polygraphs back.”

The news comes just days after ITV released a statement confirming a more comprehensive after-care package will be offered to help Love Island contestants cope with their new-found fame.

The broadcaster confirmed that all contestants will be offered “enhanced psychological support” before and after filming, as well as eight therapy sessions upon leaving the villa.

They will also receive “bespoke social media training” and will be given “detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series.”

However, producers have revealed that they intend to show contestant’s more intimate moments during the upcoming series – despite many viewers asking for it to be scrapped too.

Show bosses suggested that they will only air sex scenes between couples when it furthers the narrative of their romantic story.

Daily Star Online had contacted a representative at ITV for comment.

Love Island returns to ITV2 on June 3.

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