Noughties juggernaut Popstars has gone viral two decades on after the series resurfaced on YouTube. 

The 2001 reality show followed aspiring singers in a documentary-style series as they competed to impress judges ‘Nasty’ Nigel Lythgoe, Nicki Chapman and Paul Adam and be selected to form a pop group. 

The winners of the series – Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Kym Marsh, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan – went on to form the chart topping group Hear’Say.

Meanwhile, runners-up Michelle Heaton, Tony Lundon, Kevin Simm, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young went on to eclipse the winner’s success after forming the group, Liberty X.

Yet 23 years on from the groundbreaking series first airing, fans have been rewatching the series in a different light, being left flabbergasted by the fat-shaming, misogyny and exploitation of contestants. 

So what were the moments that would never make it to air now? MailOnline takes a look back at the shocking scenes on Popstars. 

Noughties reality show Popstars has gone viral two decades on as fans reflect on the ‘unhinged’ moments that aired (pictured: Hear’Say’s Suzanne Shaw, Danny Foster, Kym Marsh, Noel Sullivan and Myleene Klass) 

The 2001 reality show followed aspiring singers in a documentary-style series as they competed to impress judges and be selected to form a pop group (pictured: Liberty X’s Kelli Young, Tony Lundon, Michelle Heaton, Kevin Simm and Jessica Taylor) 

23 years on from the groundbreaking series airing, fans have been rewatching the series in a different light (pictured: judges Nicki Chapman, Paul Adam and ‘Nasty’ Nigel Lythgoe) 

Kym Marsh is fat-shamed (twice)  

Before landing her role on Coronation Street, Kym Marsh soared to fame on Popstars.

Despite being part of the winning group, Hear’Say, the star was belittled and demeaned on camera, and two decades on revealed she still battles with her body image after being humiliated about her weight on the show. 

At the time, mother-of-two Kym was a healthy dress size 12, but says she battled her body image for years afterwards.

Popstars judge Nigel was filmed telling her: ‘You need to lose some weight. Christmas is over and the goose has gotten fat.

‘I think you’ve put weight on over Christmas and I think you needed to lose weight before Christmas.’

In another cruel blow, a radio presenter labelled her the ‘fat one’ of the group after questioning who in the Popstars house owned an ‘abs blaster’ workout machine.  

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline in 2016, Kym revealed  she only recently regained her body confidence after being told she had ‘gotten fat’.

Kym revealed: ‘I’d always been quite body confident until that moment but when he said that it really affected me, I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. 

‘I started to look at myself differently and question whether I was overweight. I started becoming far too critical of myself. My body had changed an awful lot after having children and I simply didn’t have time to exercise.’

Popstars judge Nigel was filmed telling Kym Marsh: ‘You need to lose some weight. Christmas is over and the goose has gotten fat’ (Kym, right, with Suzanne Shaw) 

At the time, mother-of-two Kym was a healthy dress size 12, but says she battled her body image for years afterwards (pictured on the show) 

Contestant breaks her nose doing bizarre exercise 

In order to have the contestants bond before forming a group, the producers decided to have them try out a trust exercise. 

The wannabe pop stars were tasked with falling onto their peer’s arms from a height in order to cement the ‘trust’ between them. 

Unfortunately it all went wrong when one overenthusiastic contestant launched herself face first into the pit, resulting in her breaking her nose. 

The wannabe pop stars were tasked with falling onto their peer’s arms from a height in order to cement the ‘trust’ between them (pictured: Myleene Klass) 

Unfortunately it all went wrong when one overenthusiastic contestant launched herself face first into the pit, resulting in her breaking her nose.

Talented singer is eliminated because of her ‘looks’ 

Aspiring singer Claire blew the judges away with her cover of S Club 7’s Reach, but despite her powerhouse vocals, the judges were more concerned with her image. 

Debating whether to put her though, Nicki reasoned with the other judges: ‘She isn’t run of the mill, she doesn’t look like a lot of the popstars sitting here today. I wonder how much that might have affected her?’ 

Claire was quick to agree that she didn’t fit the typical mold of Noughties groups, noting they were ‘skinny girls, that’s just my perception of girl bands.’

She continued: ‘I’m not really like that… I hope they can overcome that.’ 

Ultimately, Claire was sent packing, with her parting words being the knowing: ‘I’m not the kind of image they’re looking for.

‘I knew that looking around the room, everyone was so different from me.’ 

Aspiring singer Claire blew the judges away with her cover of S Club 7’s Reach, but despite her powerhouse vocals, the judges were more concerned with her image

Darius is mocked for THAT Britney Spears routine 

Before becoming a household name with his stint on Pop Idol, Darius Danesh made his first bid for fame on Popstars.

The late singer entertained the nation with his quirky rendition of Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time but was mocked by the judges, with Paul musing: ‘He has talent, but I’m not sure if he’s the right person to fit into a five piece band or even a 100 piece band.’

Nigel added: ‘To do something like he has just done there which is a complete show off that doesn’t work is crazy.’

Darius then confronted the judges and asked if he would have made it through if he didn’t perform Britney and after that was confirmed he vowed to have released a number one single by the time he reached 35. 

Ultimately, Darius had the last laugh and the following year appeared on the first Pop Idol, finishing in third place behind Will Young and Gareth Gates.

Judge Simon Cowell was so blown away by his talent that he still offered him a record deal but he chose to turn the music mogul down and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite.

Darius’ debut single, Colourblind, was released in July 2002 and went straight to number one, marking the start of a run of top 10 releases.

He went on to launch a career in musical theatre, starring in hits such as Chicago.  

Tragically, Darius passed away in August 2022 after inhaling anesthetic drug ethyl chloride in a tragic incident that was ruled an accident. 

Before becoming a household name with his stint on Pop Idol, Darius Danesh made his first bid for fame on Popstars but was mocked for his performance of Britney Spears

Ultimately, Darius had the last laugh and the following year appeared on the first Pop Idol (pictured) before releasing number one single Colourblind in July 2002

Dramatic moment contestant is eliminated for being too old 

During one of the rehearsals, judge Nigel was seen barging into the room and demanding that everyone declare their age after having to ban one of the contestants who was under the age of 18. 

He then addressed the group and reiterated it was ‘most important’ that everyone was between the ages of 18 and 24. 

One contestant then sheepishly came forward to admit her real age and when probed by Nigel to tell him ‘when do you turn 18?’ there was an audible gasp when she declared she was in fact 30 years old. 

Choking back tears, she continued: ‘I understand if I have to go, I took a risk’, to which Nigel promptly replied: ‘I’m sorry you do.’ 

The group then watched on as the contestant fled the room in tears.

Nigel later confessed: ‘It’s heartbreaking to send any kid away because of their talent but to send them away because of their age feels even worse.’

During one of the rehearsals, judge Nigel was seen barging into the room and demanding that everyone declare their age, resulting in one 30-year-old singer being given the axe 

The contestants’ shoddy living conditions 

After the final five contestants were selected and Hear’Say were formed the band were moved into a new shared house to live for the duration of the recording and promotion of their first album. 

Unfortunately, the band quickly ran into difficulty, with the voiceover announcing: ‘The house is still dry and the band have called a plumber’, as the scene cut to footage of an exasperated plumber trying to find the root of the issue. 

Baby-faced Kym then chimed: ‘The thing is this, we’re supposed to be going for a photoshoot tomorrow and chances are we’re not going to be able to have a shower, wash our hair, even wash our faces.’ 

Cutting to her crossing her legs and waddling down the corridor, Kym wailed: ‘I need to go to the toilet!’ 

Hear’Say were moved into a new shared house  that had no running water, with footage shown of an exasperated plumber trying to find the root of the issue

The band’s outrageous violation of privacy 

While Iiving in their shared home, Hear’Say had their bins raided by radio station Kiss, who went on to publish the contents on their website. 

The camera then cut to the radio hosts laughing: ‘Looking in their bin – alchohol tins, pizza, Abdotrim box – who’s working out? Beer.’ 

A shocked Suzanne was left openmouthed, saying: ‘Oh my God – they really are sad!’ 

The group were then quizzed about the Abdotrim box when they appeared on the radio show, with the presenter telling Kym: ‘I knew it was yours because you’re the fat one’.  

While Iiving in their shared home, Hear’Say had their bins raided by radio station Kiss, who went on to publish the contents on their website and mock the group for it 

Suzanne Shaw is quizzed about her ‘lovely breasts’

During another radio appearance, a DJ read out a letter from a listener saying: ‘can you ask [Suzanne] if her breasts are real because they are lovely!’ 

A shocked Suzanne laughed before cupping her chest and declaring ‘they’re real’. 

As she was quizzed further about ‘what size’ they are, Suzanne declared ‘no! I won’t tell you. I’ll let you guess.’  

During another radio appearance, a DJ read out a letter from a listener saying: ‘can you ask [Suzanne] if her breasts are real because they are lovely!’

Kym Marsh is exposed for having ‘secret children’  

In one particularly dramatic scene, Nigel summoned a visibly nervous Kym to his office as dramatic music played in the background. 

Speaking to camera, Nigel shared: ‘I got a phone call from a solicitor that’s informed me of some news regarding Kym that has absolutely devastated me and I want to get of the bottom of it.’

It then emerged that Nigel had been informed Kym had not revealed she had two children: David and Emilie, now 29 and 27 respectively. 

Scolding Kym, Nigel said: ‘All I can say is how disappointed I am.

‘Number one, I get to hear from a solicitor when all of the times we’ve said to you “is there anything else we need to know about because the press are going to find all the skeletons in your closet”

‘You thought because you had two children it would affect you getting into the band.’ 

Kym was left sobbing as she admitted: ‘I didn’t want it to ruin my chances.’

In one particularly dramatic scene, Nigel summoned a visibly nervous Kym to his office to confront her for not revealing she was mother of two children 

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday, reality TV fan Stuart went viral after posting a thread of moments that had shocked him during a recent rewatch. 

He shared: ‘I’ve been doing a rewatch of the seminal 2001 British reality show Popstars and it really was the most unhinged reality show ever seen on British television.’ 

Followers were quick to agree, commenting: ‘I now have to binge watch this. So much of it would never get on air now.’;

#It’s actually the least unhinged reality show because it’s the most true to how pop bands are selected and treated by the industry. Age, looks, weight, squeaky clean image, expectations regarding relationships. All of that is real. But subsequent ‘reality’ shows hid that.’;

‘My favourite part about Popstars is everything looked like it was taking place in a small town church hall/conference centre’; ‘Couldn’t get away with that amount of body shaming and sexism now. Good.’

Despite the controversy surrounding the series, it’s been claimed the show could still make a comeback.

The show was a hit for ITV and Hear’Say went on to sell three million records worldwide, as well as scoring two UK number-one singles.

A year later, Popstars: The Rivals launched, hosted by Davina McCall and saw the formation of Girls Aloud.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday, reality TV fan Stuart went viral after posting a thread of moments that had shocked him during a recent rewatch

A year after the success of the ITV series, Popstars: The Rivals launched, hosted by Davina McCall and saw the formation of Girls Aloud (L-R Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Cheryl, and Kimberley Walsh in 2002) 

Speculation has been growing the broadcaster could relaunch the show after they have seen success with the comebacks of Big Brother and Dancing On Ice.

In October a casting call was put out for people aged between 18 and 23 who think they could be part of the ‘next generation of superstars to form a brand new five-piece boy band’.

‘First ITV brought back Big Brother, then the BBC brought back Survivor. Now this might form the holy trinity of big shows from two decades ago’, a source told The Sun.

‘There’s been a boom in popularity for programmes from that time among Milennials. But what they want is to go back to the origins of these shows.

‘X Factor may be the best known and most recent talent contest, but it was Popstars that kicked it all off.’

 

Shocking TV moments that transformed the industry: As Lauren Goodger reveals how TOWIE has changed for the better after years of gruelling 19-hour days and manipulating storylines, a look at reality scenes that would NEVER air now 

It was more than two decades ago that Lauren Goodger burst onto the reality scene in the inaugural series of The Only Way Is Essex. 

Perma-tanned, looking ‘reem’ and not afraid to tell anyone to ‘Shuuuut uuuup!’, she found instant fame alongside the likes of on/off boyfriend Mark Wright, sisters Billie and Sam Faiers and beautician Amy Childs. 

TOWIE was a rating hit and fans tuned in every week to see what antics the cast would get up to – as well as what new words would soon be incorporated into the mainstream – anyone for a vajazzle? 

Yet behind the scenes, it wasn’t all glitz and glamour, with stars subjected to gruelling long days of filming and producers manipulating scenes to cause maximum drama. 

Speaking to MailOnline about the ITVBe show, Lauren revealed that things are very different now that she’s returned after a 12-year absence. 

Perma-tanned and not afraid to tell anyone to ‘Shuuuut uuuup!’ Lauren Goodger found instant fame alongside on/off boyfriend Mark Wright when she burst onto screens in TOWIE in 2010 

Speaking to MailOnline about the ITVBe show, Lauren revealed that things are very different now that she’s returned after a 12-year absence 

TOWIE is officially the longest-running reality TV show in Britain, Back Row – Kirk Norcross, Billie Faiers, Joey Essex, Lucy Mecklenburgh, James Argent James Argent and Lydia Bright. Seated – Harry Derbidge, Sam Faiers, Mark Wright, Lauren Goodger and Jessica Wright in 2011

Lauren, 37, explained: ‘When TOWIE first came out we didn’t even know how well it was gonna do!

‘We’ve come a long way. TV itself has. There was no Love Island then, no Geordie Shore. There was nothing!

‘The show is different now to how it used to be, it’s not as raw and they [producers] care more about you this time around.’

Revealing they would be put through their paces with gruelling 19-hour days, she continued: ‘Back when I first filmed for the show we’d be mic’d up from 10am to 5am and it was like “oh god, what have we said in that time?” 

‘But I wouldn’t have changed that because that’s what made it what it was. I’d do it all over again because that’s what people wanted to see and that’s why we’ve got a fan base.

‘We all had different “characters” to play, even though it was reality. We knew what they wanted to see from certain people so we played ball and we’d have meetings to plan storylines. 

‘We did what we had to do to keep it entertaining.’

Lauren’s experience now is very different, and she has praised producers for being flexible with her schedule as a working mother and going above and beyond to help out their stars. 

It’s hardly surprising that there are differences now, as Lauren first left the show in 2012, years before TV bosses were truly pulled up on contestant duty of care. 

Tragically, it was the deaths of reality stars that prompted this change in protocol.

TV productions came under increased scrutiny following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and the suspected suicide of guest Steve Dymond, who died following a drug overdose after appearing on the Jeremy Kyle Show in 2019.

Concerns about reality show conduct were raised again after Love Island host Caroline Flack killed herself in 2020 while awaiting trial on assault charges.

TV watchdog Ofcom then demanded that TV shows provide duty of care to participants following a ‘steady rise in complaints’ over the shows. 

It stated that broadcasters should take due care in programmes featuring ‘conflict or emotionally challenging situations’ or if it ‘requires a person to disclose life-changing or private aspects of their lives’. 

So how was reality TV changed for the better and what are the scenes show bosses are no doubt hoping don’t ever resurface? 

TV productions came under increased scrutiny following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, prompting new duty of care rules 

Concerns about reality show conduct were raised again after Love Island host Caroline Flack killed herself in 2020 while awaiting trial on assault charges

TOWIE  

Now on season 33, TOWIE is officially the longest-running reality TV show in Britain, beating the likes of I’m a Celebrity and Big Brother to the accolade. 

The 2010 launch show marked a new era in reality television, a first for British audiences, who until then got their fix from The Hills – which popularised the ‘constructed reality’ genre that came to define Noughties TV. 

The bright lights of Los Angeles were swapped for the slightly greyer streets of Essex, with everyday people becoming overnight stars after being catapulted into the spotlight. 

Viewers were subject to the good, the bad and the ugly on-screen, including the notorious fist fight between Joey Essex and Ricky Rayment in 2012.

So shocking was the footage that the pair were questioned by police after it aired.

‘The officer gave words of advice to them about their behaviour in regards to the fracas and their conduct,’ a police spokesperson told The Sun. ‘The officer had viewed the footage and decided that was the best course of action.’

A TOWIE spokesperson said at the time: ‘Both Joey and Ricky have been informally warned about their conduct following the incident but the matter has not been taken any further.’

More recently, cast member Megan McKenna had to be physically restrained when she attacked then-boyfriend Pete Wicks during filming in 2017. 

The street fight was a shocking scene, as the cameras rolled while Megan screamed in her ex-boyfriend’s face while wildly gesticulating and pointing in his face.

While the scenes were worthy of TOWIE’s spectacular drama, things appeared to get out of hand later on when the brunette beauty launched at Pete as he held his arm up in defence before Megan got extremely close to his face in a wild gesture.

Viewers were subject to the good, the bad and the ugly on-screen, including the notorious fist fight between Joey Essex and Ricky Rayment in 2012

So shocking was the footage that the pair were questioned by police after it aired, with a TOWIE spokesperson saying the pair had been ‘informally warned about their conduct’ 

More recently, cast member Megan McKenna had to be physically restrained when she attacked then-boyfriend Pete Wicks during filming in 2017 

Part of TOWIE’s success, was the star’s willingness to trust the producers, but as former show star Kirk Norcross previously revealed, show bosses would play slippery tricks  to create drama.

Last month, Kirk revealed bosses had him dating another star when they were both in other relationships, forced him into contrived scenes while his grandad lay dying in hospital and chased ratings and clickbait at the expense of the young casts’ mental health.

Kirk, 35, tragically lost his dad Mick, 57, to suicide in 2021, after the pair had been central players in the glossy show about folk in Essex.

Now, speaking to podcast Strugglers Language, he said that his time on the ITV show, which is produced by Lime Pictures, had an impact on his family.

He said: ‘It was all manipulated, the whole of series one, me and Amy look like a couple, but I’m single.

‘During all this time, my grandad got put in hospital. So, I had to tell the production company that my grandad’s ill, so that I might have to pop to hospital now and then.

‘Lauren Pope and I had just split up, and straight away they say to me, “Who’d you fancy? We need to get you back into a relationship.”‘

Since reality TV has come under scrutiny, some show stars have spoken out in defence of TOWIE, including Tommy Mallet, who said he is happy with the support he has received from the programme after disclosing his battle with depression.

He said: ‘We’re looked after on TOWIE, I don’t know about any other show, I can’t talk for anyone else, but we were looked after. I had a breakdown and I was heavily looked after.’ 

When approached by MailOnline about their duty of care protocols, a A TOWIE spokesperson said: ‘The welfare of all TOWIE cast is of paramount importance to us. 

‘Our comprehensive welfare and psychological support services are continually reviewed and tailored to individuals if required, ensuring that all cast members receive a robust standard of care. 

‘In addition to this, we also provide access to several life advisory services to offer further support.’ 

Kirk Norcross previously revealed show bosses would play slippery tricks to create drama (pictured with Amy Childs and Sam Faiers in 2010) 

Made In Chelsea

Launched as the ‘posh rival’ to TOWIE, Made In Chelsea aired the following year in 2011, chronicling the lives of the affluent young people in the west London.

While the stars may have prided themselves on being well-spoken, it didn’t stop just as much vitriol coming out of their months as their Essex counterparts. 

For much of the early seasons, lothario Spencer Matthews was seen gaslighting and entering into toxic relationships with women.

In one of the most memorable moments of the Channel 4 show, Spencer met girlfriend Louise Thompson on Putney Bridge where they ended their relationship. 

During the very heated shouting match after his infidelity came to light, Spencer said to the now influencer: ‘It’s very hard to respect you when you allow me to cheat on you’.

Reflecting on the scene Spencer later said on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail: ‘I feel embarrassed about it.’

He told how the pair had actually broken up in private the night before and were then told to meet the next day by producers.

Spencer confessed: ‘At the time I was a heavy drinker and there was a change in the wind and our relationship was very toxic at the time and it meant we had a huge screaming match that I really regret.’ 

For much of the early seasons of Made In Chelsea lothario Spencer Matthews was seen gaslighting and entering into toxic relationships with women (pictured with Louise Thompson)

His toxic relationship with Louise led to another shocking moment on the programme, when Louise’s best friend Millie Mackintosh ended up slapping the star  

His toxic relationship with Louise led to another shocking moment on the programme, when Louise’s best friend Millie Mackintosh came running to defend her. 

Spencer was confronted by Millie about an alleged infidelity, which left him flabbergasted and Louise in tears.  

As Spencer tried to shout the girls down, Millie countered with a swift slap that was so hard it knocked his gelled back hair out of place.

Following the big hit Millie then tweeted ‘Smackintosh’, which was also retweeted by her boyfriend at the time Professor Green.

Cheska Hull, who was famously branded a ‘f***ing fat Turkey’ in foul mouthed rant from Victoria Baker-Harber, recently said she ‘lost her life’ while starring on the reality show.

Looking back on her time on the series, Cheska recalls struggling with fame, loneliness and trolling during her three-year stint, telling how she ‘couldn’t go anywhere without people saying horrible things.’ 

Before every series of Made In Chelsea, Cheska was given a psychological assessment by Channel 4 and was required to speak to a therapist. 

Yet as she told Grazia the show still took an effect on her mental health, as she explained: ‘When something happens in your private life, you deal with it, or park it. 

‘But [with reality TV] you have to prepare yourself for everyone’s opinion six weeks after filming, when the show airs. It can be really draining to be constantly panicking like that.’

Cheska Hull, who was famously branded a ‘f***ing fat Turkey’ in foul mouthed-rant from Victoria Baker-Harber, recently said she ‘lost her life’ while starring on the reality show 

Love Island 

In 2019, ITV revealed key changes to their duty of care processes for Love Island, including enhanced psychological support and social and financial training following reality star deaths. 

The popular programme was responsible for launching the careers of hundreds of reality stars. Yet while it used a tried and tested format to appease its loyal viewers, the programme was accused of letting things go to far with the Islanders.

Over the years, several shocking moments played out on screen, including physical fights, stars having sex on camera and emotional manipulation. 

Viewers were left shocked in 2016 when beauty queen Zara Holland learnt she’d been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after having sex on camera.

Producers told Zara that pageant bosses had watched her romp with Alex Bowen and said she was no longer the ‘positive role model’ they wanted.

She was told about losing her title in the villa and while she was devastated she decided to stay on the show. 

However, days later Zara learnt that her mother had fallen ill and decided to leave the villa to be by her side, much to the upset of her fellow Islanders. 

Love Island viewers were left shocked in 2016 when beauty queen Zara Holland learnt she’d been stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after having sex on camera

Earlier in the season, Malia Arkian became the first Islander to ever be thrown off the show after she was part of the most violent moment in Love Island history.

Earlier in the season, Malia Arkian became the first Islander to ever be thrown off the show after she was part of the most violent moment in Love Island history.

She was removed from the villa after just one day following a ‘physical altercation’ with Kady McDermott, with Kady later claiming she’d been punched in the face.

Shocked viewers watched on as Malia confronted Kady for spilling a drink on her, with things quickly escalating. 

Malia denied the claims and recently stated that she hit rock bottom after leaving and is ’embarrassed’ to watch the footage back.

In 2021, Faye Winter found herself also at the centre of Love Island’s most complained about moment ever after she lost her temper and launched into an expletive-filled row with Teddy Soares.  

READ MORE: Love Island’s most explosive moments EVER: 10 shock scenes ranked by Ofcom complaints

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A whopping 24,763 viewers took to the media watchdog to express their upset during the Movie Night challenge episode, where a clip showed Teddy telling fellow contestant Clarisse Juliette that he was ‘sexually attracted’ to her.

Faye’s rant – branded ‘horrendous’, ‘abusive’, and ‘gaslighting’ by fans of the show – resulted in the most expletive-ridden episode ever, with reports that contestants swore 125 times, while Faye is said to have said ‘f**k’ 57 times.

Faye later said she was embarrassed by the row and refuses to watch it back. 

The latest duty of care protocols saw a social media ban for contestants in a bid to limit trolling and training on how to avoid gaslighting and controlling behaviour in relationships. 

When approached by MailOnline for comment, a Love Island spokesperson shared a statement from Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield which outlines how the processes have evolved in recent years. 

It read: ‘I have reviewed Love Island’s duty of care processes from end to end and they show a degree of diligence that demonstrates the seriousness with which this is taken by the production team.

‘The processes and the support offered to Islanders have necessarily evolved as the show has developed and grown in popularity. 

‘The aim throughout has been to identify vulnerabilities at an early stage so that necessary adjustments can be made or potential Islanders can be advised that the show is not right for them. 

‘A high level of professional expertise has been engaged to provide comprehensive support not only while young people are actively engaged with the show but also for an extended period when they are adjusting to life thereafter. 

‘Professional input is a key element in safeguarding the wellbeing of Islanders but the genuine caring attitudes I have observed from those who make the show are as important.’

 Faye Winter found herself also at the centre of Love Island’s most complained about moment ever after she lost her temper and launched into an expletive-filled row with Teddy Soares

Big Brother

Last year saw the hotly-anticipate return of Big Brother UK rebooted on ITV, five years after the show came to an end on Channel 5.  

As expected, the show had stepped up its mental health support since the last instalment back in 2018.

The new duty of care protocols stated that Housemates must undergo a social media blackout, take part in ‘respect and inclusion training’ and will have access to one-on-one mental health support sessions before, during and after the show.

The respect and inclusion training aimed to set out expectations around use of language and acceptable behaviour in the House.

Bosses were no doubt hoping to avoid a repeat of shocking scenes that rightly or wrongly made the show so captivating in its inception. 

While on its original home of Channel 4, viewers watched on in horror at season five’s notorious Fight Night in 2004. 

The return of two contestants from a secret hidden bedsit caused the biggest and most explosive night of violence ever seen in the house, which resulted in the police being called and Housemates being ejected from the show. 

During the shocking scenes, which came after Housemates had been plied with alcohol, Nadia Almada flipped a table, Emma Greenwood threw a tray at Victor Ebuwa and he retaliated by launching a plate at her.

After this altercation, Emma screamed that she would kill him, and eventually, security were called in to separate the Housemates.

The next day, Emma was removed from the house and Viktor was made see a psychologist.

Tension: Fans of Big Brother will remember one of the show’s most infamous arguments in series five that would become known as Fight Night

Outrageous: Kinga Karolczak left viewers aghast when she famously used a wine bottle as a tool for masturbation in the communal garden

In season six, Big Brother came under fire again after airing one of the most shocking moments of the entire show.

Kinga Karolczak entered the house late in the series and left viewers aghast when she famously used a wine bottle as a tool for masturbation in the communal garden.

The half Polish, half Kuwaiti market researcher later blamed the excessive alcohol for her behaviour and apologised to her parents for engaging in the antics on television.

After moving from Channel 4 to Channel 5, Big Brother still faced its fair share of drama, with one episode, dubbed Fight Night Two, prompting a petition calling for Big Brother to be axed.

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