Love Island axed from tonight's schedule again in wake of Caroline Flack's death

Love Island has been axed from tonight’s schedule again following the sudden death of former host Caroline Flack by suicide on Saturday – but will return to screens tomorrow.

The 40-year-old star, who fronted every series of the ITV2 show until this year, was found dead in her home in East London, with lawyers and family members confirming her passing.

Viewers have since called for the show to be axed as it’s the third star connected with the show to take their own life in the space of two years.

A statement released from ITV has now said: ‘Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection. All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.

‘After careful consultation between Caroline’s representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight’s Love Island out of respect for Caroline’s family.’

‘Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts,’ they added.

The latest series has been hosted by Laura Whitmore after Caroline stepped back from the role at the end of last year in the wake of an assault charge made against her.


The first winter series to ever run, the South Africa based show is due to end next Sunday.

Floral tributes have been laid outside Caroline’s Islington home in the wake of the news, where hundreds of former Love Island stars, celebrities and friends have paid tribute to her online.

Iain Stirling, who acted as voiceover for the raunchy series remembered her iconic ‘slow motion walk’ in his commemoration of her after the tragic news.

After posting online about Caroline’s passing late last night, Laura Whitmore appeared on Radio 5 Live as usual, using the platform as an opportunity to tell people to ‘be kinder’ as she fought back tears.

Remembering her friend, she said: ‘Caroline loved music, she loved to dance. We shared many a dancefloor; gigs, festivals. I met her just shy of 10 years ago at V Festival and then we became friends. She was bubbly and for such a small stature, commanded a room.

‘She loved to laugh and had the most infectious chuckle.’


Laura continued: ‘She also had many struggles. I’m not going to pretend that she was perfect, but is anyone? She lived every mistake publicly under the scrutiny of the media. Caroline loved love.

‘That’s all she wanted, which is why Love Island is so important to her because the show is about finding love, friendship, having a laugh.

‘The problem wasn’t the show, the show to work on is loving, and caring and safe, and protective. The problem is the outside world is not.’

‘Anyone who’s ever compared one woman against another on Twitter, knocked someone because of their appearance, invaded someone else’s privacy, who’ve made mean, unnecessary comments on an online forum need to look at themselves,’ she added.

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