LOVE Island will NOT include gay and lesbian couples this year, despite previous hints it would.
According The Daily Star the show will stick to its usual format as they “fear it wouldn’t work” if the minority of the gay and lesbian couples didn’t fancy each other and therefore didn’t get together.
Love Island bosses have confirmed that despite recent speculation, there won’t be any LGBT contestants in the 2018 show after all.
Reports suggested earlier this week that LGBT contestants would be thrown into the mix when the show returns later this year – with sources saying that they wanted to increase the ‘shock factor’ of the show.
However a show spokesman has now confirmed that the change won’t be made – re-iterating the reasons given last year by producer Richard Cowles.
‘The format doesn’t really allow it,’ the spokesman said.
And while some viewers have called for a same sex version of the show, an insider revealed there were “no plans” and added: “They don’t think gay contestants will work”.
‘If you’re familiar with the programme it’s about coupling and recoupling.’
ITV’s Head of Digital Channels, Paul Mortimer, previously said at the Edinburgh International TV Festival that the show’s format ‘did not allow’ for same sex couples.
‘To complicate it with same-sex relationships is to take something away from the format,’ he explained. ‘I know Richard said, maybe with tongue-in-cheek, that we might do a gay version one day.
He also said that there were no plans to create an LGBTQ spin-off, saying: ‘We don’t want to over egg the pudding.’
This is a complete U-turn from yesterday when it was revealed that the show would have a variety of sexualities involved.
Yesterday, the sun revealed that bosses of the show are apparently keen to include the LGBT community in the show after coming under fire last year for featuring exclusively heterosexual couples.
Speaking to the Daily Star Online, an insider said: "Love Island was undoubtedly the biggest reality show this year, it had everyone talking. Even people who weren't watching the show still heard about it.
"The main thing they came under fire for was sex on TV, which people have now started to accept, so come next series people won't really care about that."
"ITV want to increase the shock factor of the show and keep people talking, by having LGBT people included."
Bisexual contestants including Sophie Gradon and Katie Salmon have both previously featured on the show, however they weren't allowed to officially couple up with members of the same sex.
Instead they were told to pair up with a boy in a bid to win the £50,000 cash prize.
Despite this, the pair were seen hooking up on air regardless of their official partners.
The hit ITV2 reality show - on which sexy Brits have to pair up with each other in a Mallorcan villa - needs a whole new cohort of "vibrant singletons" for their summer series.
The series, which was won by Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay last year, is now looking for 2018 residents of the villa.
If you want the chance to have the best summer of your life swanning about by a pool, eyeing up buff potential hook-ups, this could be the job for you.
As long as you are over 18, are not employed by ITV, have a valid passport, are available for at least ten weeks across May 2018 and can apply before April 30, 2018, you are eligible.
Make your bid to be the villa's next piece of hot stuff via the application form
*Sourced from The Sun and Metro*