ITV boss defends Love Island complaints after fans contacted Ofcom over Faye and Teddy row

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ITV boss, Kevin Lygo, has defended the number of Love Island complaints from the 2021 series.

The hit ITV2 dating show ended on Monday, where Millie Court and Liam Reardon were crowned the winners, and during the latest season it received nearly 25,000 Ofcom complaints following Faye Winter and Teddy Soares' explosive row.

The two Islanders were caught in a feud earlier this month during a brutal movie night challenge and the British regulating service Ofcom confirmed that a staggering 24,763 people complained about Faye's fiery outrage towards Teddy.

Speaking at Edinburgh TV Festival, ITV's Director of Television, Lygo, said he is "not so worried" about the amount of complaints but more so the topic of complaint.

He commented: "The thing about complaints these days is every week there is a new most-complained-about show. It’s very easy now to complain, it wasn’t so long ago you had to go to the post office and get a stamp and now it’s the click of a button.

"I’m not so much worried about how many complain as what they are complaining about.

"With duty of care, I think improvements across the board have been made and we are the gold standard, Ofcom took our recommendations and made them what should be done."

Lygo continued: "The ratings go up when there is a bit of conflict and it is an area where you have to take a bit of editorial judgment.

"I think generally speaking they get the tone right, people do shout at other people, as long as it's not physically threatening, it's not too inflammatory, it's okay. But for some people, it might have stepped too far."

Lygo also hit back at claims that Love Island has "peaked", saying that there are "many years left in it".

Earlier this month, Ofcom confirmed that a staggering 24,763 people complained about Faye's fiery outrage towards Teddy following an explosive row in the villa.

An Ofcom spokesperson said at the time: "We've received a high volume of complaints about last week's Love Island, which is consistent with a trend of growing complaints about high-profile TV shows.

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"We are carefully assessing the complaints we've received before deciding whether or not to investigate."

Following the row, Faye apologised to Teddy for her behaviour, saying: "I want to say first and foremost, no beating around the bush, I am really sorry for the way I spoke to you. Like really sorry.

"There's no excuse for the way I spoke to you or raised my voice, no one should have someone speak to them like that. For me to react like that, I do obviously care about you a lot, a lot."

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