Shock as Love Island is NOT the most complained about show this year so far – and you’ll be surprised at which is
Love Island is not the most complained about show this year so far, it has been revealed.
The ITV dating series often racks up plenty of Ofcom complaints and has been TV’s most complained about show for the last two years.
And while this year was no different in that there were complaints in their thousands – it was overtaken by a surprising show.
A moment from King Charles Coronation came out on top after Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh’s ‘terribly white’ comment about Buckingham Palace balcony.
The broadcasting watchdog confirmed in early June that it received 8,371 complaints from viewers about Andoh’s comments during the live broadcast in London on May 6.
Shock: Love Island is not the most complained about show this year so far, it has now been revealed
Oh no: A moment from King Charles Coronation came out on top after Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh’s ‘terribly white’ comment about Buckingham Palace balcony
In comparison, for Love Island Ofcom received a total of 3,098 moans about the two series combined this year, reports The Sun.
Sammy and Jess were crowned the series 10 winners on Monday night and the show will return next summer after the winter South Africa series was axed.
This year Love Island producers introduced several new welfare and training measures for contestants which could have contributed to less Ofcom complaints.
Three weeks ago Love Island has sparked an array of complaints from viewers who hit out at the contestants ‘bullying behaviour’ towards Scott Van Der Sluis.
The broadcasting regulator received nearly 1,000 comments after scenes showed Scott clash with fellow Islanders.
Scott, 22, was left devastated and single after Catherine Agbaje, also 22, returned from Casa Amor with Elom Ahlijah-Wilson on her arm, while he opted to remain loyal.
Footage of Catherine kissing Elom, 22, was shown to the rest of the Islanders as part of Movie Night, prompting Scott to speak up for himself.
However, Catherine attempted to shut him down while Leah Taylor, 27, also spoke up in a bid to defend Catherine, telling him he was ‘undesirable’.
Awkward: The broadcasting watchdog confirmed in early June that it received 8,371 complaints from viewers about Andoh’s comments during the live broadcast on May 6
Event: Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flypast on May 6
Making comments: The actress plays Lady Danbury, left, in the popular period Netflix series Bridgerton
The moment did not go down well with viewers, with ‘Get Catherine out’ trending on Twitter as fans accused her and Leah of ‘bullying’ Scott.
957 complaints were then made to Ofcom, with fans also sharing their opinions on social media.
The week before Love Island has sparked 130 Ofcom complaints across two episodes with Sammy Root being accused of ‘bullying’ and ‘misogyny’ by enraged fans.
Viewers were quick to complain to the communications regulator about two separate moments shown in episodes aired a month ago in yet another ‘bullying’ row.
Some 66 fans lodged complaints with Ofcom on June 21 over scenes which saw Sammy, 22, make fellow islander Catherine Agbaje cry.
Meanwhile, another 64 viewers wrote to the board to complain about Molly Marsh’s shocking eviction from the villa in scenes aired on ITV2 on June 23.
It is not the first time the show has been dragged into a ‘bullying row’ this year after 155 viewers complained to Ofcom accusing Jess of bullying Molly in scenes which aired on June 14.
Back in June Ofcom said it accepted viewers had ‘strong feelings’ about Andoh’s comments, but it was a ‘personal observation’ in a ‘wide-ranging panel discussion which also touched on other diversity-related topics, and which contained a range of viewpoints’.
The incident became the most complained-about TV moment of the year so far and prompted an apology on the BBC from the actress, who plays Lady Agatha Danbury.
The watchdog said viewers also objected to ITV News presenters Tom Bradby and Chris Ship referring to the remark.
Andoh, 60, said at the time: ‘Looking at all those young people, there is a bit of me that has gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to the terribly white balcony.
‘I’m very struck by that. I am also looking at those younger generations and thinking: ‘What are the nuances that they will inhabit when they grow?”
The actress’s remarks prompted a backlash on social media, with thousands also complaining to Ofcom.
Andoh appeared on BBC Radio 4 the following day to clarify her comments and apologise. She said: ‘I think I upset a few people yesterday.
‘I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end and suddenly going: ‘Oh it’s so white!’ because the day had been so mixed and I didn’t mean to upset anybody.’
Andoh then issued a statement later in May following the backlash.
She said Charles had made a ‘loving prayer, reflecting his wide embrace of the rich diverse peoples celebrating his coronation’ during the service at Westminster Abbey.
She added: ‘Sitting in the warmth of that intentionally wide embrace, I was simply caught by the visual shift on the balcony – not a particularly original observation.
‘There was no intention to upset anyone. I continue to celebrate the King who created the Prince’s Trust (charity), loves the arts, cares for all faiths and for the future of our environment, as he has done for many decades. It’s an exciting moment in our history.’
In June, an Ofcom spokesman said: ‘We have concluded our assessment of complaints we received about a comment made during ITV’s coverage of the Coronation of King Charles III, and can confirm we will not be pursuing these further.
‘We received 8,371 complaints from viewers about a comment made by actress Adjoa Andoh during the live broadcast, which focused on the appearance of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
‘Complainants also objected to references to the comment made by ITV News presenters Tom Bradby and Chris Ship.
Not happy: Three weeks ago Love Island has sparked an array of complaints from viewers who hit out at the contestants ‘bullying behaviour’ towards Scott Van Der Sluis
Brutal: The broadcasting regulator received nearly 1,000 comments after scenes showed Scott clash with fellow Islanders – such as Catherine Agbaje
‘While we understand some viewers had strong feelings about this comment, after careful consideration we have concluded that the comment was a personal observation which was part of a wide-ranging panel discussion which also touched on other diversity-related topics, and which contained a range of viewpoints.
‘Our decision to not pursue these complaints further also takes into account broadcasters’ and guests’ right to freedom of expression.’
Ofcom also confirmed at the time that it was still the watchdog’s most complained-about moment of 2023 so far.
The most-complained about programme of 2022 was Love Island which received 2,360 complaints on July 17 after alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour by some contestants in the villa.
Ten most complained about TV moments ever
1 – Jerry Springer: The Opera – BBC 2 – 2005: 55,000 for swear words and blasphemy.
2 – Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty race row – Celebrity Big Brother – 2007: 44,500 after Goody called her ‘Shilpa Poppadom’.
3 – Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle – GMB – 2021: 41,015 complaints after Morgan accused the duchess of lying about having suicidal thoughts.
4 – Jeremy Clarkson’s comments about striking workers – The One Show – 2011: 31,000 complaints after he said they should be ‘executed in front of their families’.
5 – Ghostwatch ‘death’ – ITV – 1992: 30,000 after viewers were left traumatised by a presenter being ‘killed’ by a ghost.
6 – Celebrity Big Brother ‘punchgate’ row – 2018: 25,327 complained after Roxanne Pallett falsely claimed that fellow contestant Ryan Thomas had assaulted her.
7. Love Island barracking – 2021: More than 25,000 complaints over scenes showing Faye Winter shouting and swearing at Teddy Soares, after she was shown footage of him telling another Islander he was attracted to her.
8. Britain’s Got Talent Diversity dance – 2020: 24,500 complaints after the troupe did a dance that included a police officer kneeling on Ashley Banjo’s neck.
9. EastEnders’ baby swap – 2010: After discovering her son James had died in his cot, Ronnie secretly swapped his body for Kat’s Tommy.
10. Adjoa Ando on ITV’s Coronation Coverage – 2022: Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh’s description of the Buckingham Palace balcony as ‘terribly white’ during the Coronation.
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