Love Island cast will be given 'inclusion training' by GMB star before entering the villa, reveals ITV

Love Island cast will be given 'inclusion training' by GMB star before entering the villa, reveals ITV

THE new cast of Love Island will have inclusion training by Good Morning Britain star Sean Fletcher before entering the villa, ITV has revealed.

The newsman, 48, has stepped in to deliver sessions on how to better interact with others of differing abilities, backgrounds and genders.


ITV said ahead of the 2022 series of Love Island, which launches within days: "Ahead of this series, contributors on the show will be offered video training and guidance covering inclusive language around disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, behaviours and microaggressions.

"The inclusion training, which Islanders are offered prior to entering the Villa, consists of conversations chaired by BCOMS (Black Collective of Media in Sport) founder Leon Mann MBE and including DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) consultant Hayley Bennett, disability specialist Shani Dhanda and broadcaster Sean Fletcher.

"These discussions will tackle topics including inclusive language, behaviour, creating safe spaces and being a good ally."

It comes as 2019 Islander Sherif Lane was booted from the villa after accidentally kicking fellow Islander Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and calling it a "c*** punch".

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The following year Connor Durman was forced to apologise after The Sun revealed he had sent racist text messages to an ex-girlfriend after they were leaked.

In 2020 Love Island cast its first physically disabled contestant Hugo Hammond.

Meanwhile, show producer Mike Spencer has confirmed the class of 2022 has been finalised after a "very robust" selection process with diversity being key.

Asked about the latest crop of attractive reality TV newbies, Love Island's head honcho said: "Yes I have met the cast of 2022.

"They are brilliant and I think we have an exciting year on our hands. I can’t wait to see them in the villa now and all be revealed VERY soon!"

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Mike took part in a Q&A where he was pummelled with suggestions on how to improve the ITV2 show.

One person wanted to know whether the line-up this year would be more diverse, and another begged him to ditch gross food challenges where the Islanders spit food into each other's mouths.

Mike replied: "We are always striving to be more diverse and representative on the show, and try to cast the net far and wide during the casting process.

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"Our application and casting process is inclusive to all, and we are always aiming to reflect the age and diversity of our audience on the show.

"Agreed on the food challenges we will be stepping away from them slightly.

"The most important factor is that our applicants are single and looking for love. We aim to make the best show we can knowing we won’t please everyone but I take on board all of your points."

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