A former ITV2 employee has claimed that Love Island bosses "fix the show based on who they want to win", according to The Sun.
An anonymous former worker took part in a Reddit Q&A, and claimed to be a producer from 2018's show. Moderators for the site allegedly confirmed their identity.
The employee referred to the popular programme as "constructed reality at its finest" in the resurfaced chat. Show bosses really do pull all the strings, huh…
The insider curtly replied; "Yeah, absolutely" when asked if showrunners "manipulate the show based on who they want to win".
Their "favourite couples" are benefitted with shock twists and orchestrated dumpings, according to the source;
"They’re deciding who makes best TV, who is the most frustrating to work with and such things. It’s not just one person saying 'oh no I like them'."
Me: #loveisland is trash it’s a fix it’s so scripted it’s-
(9 o’clock on the dot)
— Sophie Ward (@scward1991) July 18, 2019
Fans only last week accused the show of fixing a dumping after Joanna was dumped from the island, meaning that Michael Griffiths could try again with ex-flame Amber Gill.
The source said that a lot of the time Islanders are asked to have certain conversations "to give the viewer a better experience".
When asked about last year's contestants, the ex-ITV2 employee said Georgia Steel "was so annoying and demanding of attention from everyone including producers".
The insider added that Laura Anderson wouldn't have reached the final if viewers witnessed how "annoying" she was, and that Dr Alex George was "just sh*t":
"He was given everything and offered nothing".
The one former contestant who was praised was Megan Barton-Hanson, with the source saying that her "lovely, vulnerable side that didn't get shown";
"She was really likeable. She was so insecure and vulnerable and was genuinely sweet."
A rep for Love Island replied to The Sun's digging, saying:
"As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what's happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.
"We have always been completely transparent about this and the way the show is produced. This is often acknowledged in the voice over by Iain Stirling," they added.
"The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves," ITV bosses continued.
"As we have said since series one, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements."
Now that was some seriously scalding hot tea, we wonder if ITV know which former employee is spilling their secrets?
Feature image: ITV/REX