LOVE Island will never have gay contestants because ITV "can't make it work".
There has been speculation for years that bosses are planning a more inclusive series – but this has once again been shut down due to "logistics".
Speaking today,boss Kevin Lygo said: "Love Island is a particular thing, of course, it’s about boys and girls coupling up.
"So if you wanted to do a gay version, or you wanted to widen it, it is discussed and we haven’t yet found a way that would make it suitable for that show. "
He continued: "You talk about Strictly, we had a gay couple on Dancing On Ice before that. We had a blind skater on Dancing On Ice we had a disabled person in I’m a celebrity last year. So I think ITV is already involved in the portrayal of a wide range of people on their shows."
This series saw bisexual contestant Sharon Gaffka, who has since claimed her conversations around her sexuality were edited out.
Talking to the Metro, Sharon, 25, said: "A lot of the conversations I had about modern dating on the show were never aired, but I was very open about sexuality and being a mixed-race woman in modern dating."
In June, Love Island bosses again discussed the "logistical difficulties" of a gay series.
At the time, ITV’s commissioner Amanda Stavri revealed while the new series will have "greater inclusivity and diversity", gay Islanders won't be included as they won't fit in with the show's format.
“There’s been quite a few rumours circulating about featuring gay Islanders, so it’s worth touching on that really,” Amanda told the Radio Times.
“In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island.
"There’s a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don’t have to be 100 per cent straight, the format must sort of give [the] Islanders an equal choice when coupling up."
Love Island welcomed its first openly bisexual star, Katie Salmon, to the villa in 2016.
She went on to make history by coupling up with Sophie Gradon – the show's first same-sex pairing.
However, Sophie quit the show to get back with Tom after realising she didn't have feelings for Katie.
Bisexual Megan Barton Hanson appeared on the show in 2018 and ended up finishing in fourth place with then-boyfriend Wes Nelson.
She has since spoken openly about being bisexual and has dated Demi Sims and Chelcee Grimes.
The reality star recently said the series would be much juicer if it included the LGBT+ community.
She also voiced how she doesn't believe the current show of "chucking in one bisexual person" is working for the show.
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