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Love Island sparks 466 Ofcom complaints in its final week over Luca's behaviour and 'rigged' final 


Love Island’s final week triggered a total of 466 Ofcom complaints over Luca Bish’s behaviour and claims the final was ‘rigged’.

The Office of Communications confirmed to MailOnline the 286 complaints they received on July 26 were in relation to Luca’s actions towards his partner Gemma Owen. 

There were an additional 180 complaints on August 1, with complainants unhappy about which couples made it through to the final, while others alleged its outcome was rigged.

Overall, the ITV2 show received more than 5,000 Ofcom complaints during this year’s series.

Complaints: Love Island's final week saw it receive a total of 466 Ofcom complaints, over Luca Bish's actions and arguing the final was 'rigged'.

Complaints: Love Island’s final week saw it receive a total of 466 Ofcom complaints, over Luca Bish’s actions and arguing the final was ‘rigged’.

The UK’s media regulator confirmed to MailOnline the regulator received 1,509 complaints on July 19 – and the majority were about alleged misogynistic behaviour from the male Islanders towards the female cast.

Love Island was previously rocked by 2,648 complaints after explosive Movie Night episodes.

Luca and Gemma were runners-up in Monday night’s final, while Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti were crowned the winners of the eight series.

Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page came fourth, and Dami Hope and Indiyah Polack came third in the public vote.

Not happy: The Office of Communications confirmed to MailOnline the 286 complaints they received on July 26 were in relation to Luca's behaviour towards his partner Gemma Owen

Not happy: The Office of Communications confirmed to MailOnline the 286 complaints they received on July 26 were in relation to Luca’s behaviour towards his partner Gemma Owen

Love Island complaints

Love Island, 12 July – 129

The majority of complaints related to Adam entering the villa, and Jacques’ wellbeing in the lead up to and during his departure from the villa.

Love Island, 15 July – 167

The majority of complaints related to footage of Ekin-Su and George during Casa Amor.

Love Island, 17 July – 2,481

Complaints related to alleged misogynistic behaviour by some of the male contestants.

Love Island: Aftersun, 17 July – 427

The majority of complaints related to comments made about Ekin-Su, and the treatment of Jacques during his interview.

Love Island, 18 July – 413

Complaints related to alleged bullying and misogynistic behaviour from some of the male contestants.

Love Island, 19 July – 1,509

The majority of complaints were about alleged misogynistic behaviour from the male islanders towards the female islanders, including in the aftermath of the Snog, Marry, Pie challenge.

Love Island, 26 July – 286

The majority of complaints were in relation to Luca’s actions towards his partner Gemma.

Love Island, 1 August – 180

Complainants were unhappy with which couples made it through to the final, while others alleged its outcome was rigged. 

Last week, ITV boss Kevin Lygo said the broadcaster will ‘sit down and review’ Love Island when the series ends in light of the Ofcom complaints. 

Mr Lygo, managing director of ITV Studios, stressed they were ‘very happy with the way it has gone so far’, despite backlash from viewers. 

During a media briefing for ITV’s interim financial results, Mr Lygo was asked about the volume of complaints and whether there would be an editorial review.

He said: ‘We continually assess a programme as it is going on because it is one of these odd every night live sort of shows.

‘But when the series comes to an end on Monday, we will always sit down and review what we think about it, what the reaction has been, how well it has done.

‘And we have to say this year, remember, it is the best one we have had in many years and I think everyone is thoroughly enjoying it.

‘To get five million people to watch a show every night at 9 o’clock is extraordinary in the modern era, so something is being done right.

‘But you are right, we must always look to improve and work on what we have done. But we are very happy with the way it has gone so far.’

Fans took to Twitter on the night of the final to complain that Luca and Gemma had placed higher than Tasha, Andrew, Dami and Indiyah.

One said: ‘Someone needs to call ofcom because this show is rigged as f**k’.

Another pointed out: ‘By the tweets on Twitter nobody in the country is voting for Luca & Gemma which either means it’s rigged to f**k or Michael Owen has paid the show big time they should’ve been 4th. 

A third declared: ‘Nah this is rigged. Tasha & Andrew, Dami & Indiyah got less votes than Gemma & luca. This is bull***t’.

And someone else wrote: ‘If Luca and Gemma win I am getting straight onto ofcom!’ 

And a fifth tweeted out: ‘luca and gemma over dami and indiyah?!?!? nope. rigged 100%’. 

Fixed: Fans took to Twitter on the night to complain that Luca and Gemma had placed higher than Tasha, Andrew, Dami and Indiyah

Fixed: Fans took to Twitter on the night to complain that Luca and Gemma had placed higher than Tasha, Andrew, Dami and Indiyah

Meanwhile, earlier in the week fans were angered by how Luca, 23, behaved towards Gemma, 19 in a row over a challenge.

The couple were at loggerheads over a raunchy Mile High-themed challenge that saw the dressage rider lick Adam Collard’s chest.

Luca appeared to become annoyed and ‘pushed’ Gemma on to the next boy, with the couple later getting into a row over the moment as Gemma criticised him for his ‘moody’ reaction. 

The fishmonger was seen taking off his mic and walking out of the front door following the argument. 

Fuming: Meanwhile, earlier in the week fans were angered by how Luca, 23, behaved towards Gemma, 19 in a row over a challenge.

Fuming: Meanwhile, earlier in the week fans were angered by how Luca, 23, behaved towards Gemma, 19 in a row over a challenge.

Speaking to her fellow Islanders, Gemma branded Luca a ‘p***k’ for getting annoyed at the challenge, while Indiyah said he was being a ‘baby’.

Viewers also slammed him for his reaction, saying that he was being ‘overly jealous’ and protective.

Overall, Love Island received more than 5,000 Ofcom complaints during this year’s series, with viewers sharing their concerns about ‘misogynistic behaviour and bullying’. 

Most recently, the UK’s media regulator confirmed to MailOnline the regulator received 1,509 complaints on July 19 – and the majority were about alleged misogynistic behaviour from the male islanders towards the female cast.

Love Island was previously rocked by 2,648 complaints after explosive Movie Night episodes

While 427 fans also complained about the July 17 episode of Aftersun when Laura Whitmore and panellists speculated on what happened between Ekin-Su, 27, and George Tasker, 23, in the bedroom.

And in the first four weeks of the show, Love Island was hit by 781 complaints over concerns about bullying, age gap romances and the mental health of contestants.

Women’s Aid have already stated that they are in talks with the show over some of the behaviour displayed by the males.

The record for the most Love Island complaints made to Ofcom was in August 2021, when the regulator received 24,763 Ofcom complaints over Faye Winter‘s expletive-filled row with Teddy Soares.

Criticism: Love Island has received more than 5,000 Ofcom complaints during this year's series, with viewers sharing their concerns about 'misogynistic behaviour and bullying'

Criticism: Love Island has received more than 5,000 Ofcom complaints during this year’s series, with viewers sharing their concerns about ‘misogynistic behaviour and bullying’

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