Love Island axes lie detector challenge ahead of 2019 series

Love Island bosses have decided to get rid of the lie detector challenge for the forthcoming 2019 series according to reports.

The decision comes after Steve Dymond took his own life after failing a polygraph test on The Jeremy Kyle Show just 10 days after filming for the now cancelled daytime show.

An ITV source revealed: ‘A series of top-level meetings have been held over the past few weeks with regard to safety measures and duty of care procedures.

‘One of the issues raised was the lie detector. The feeling was, in the wake of the Jeremy Kyle case, bosses must be whiter than white — they cannot mess with people’s emotions.’

The insider continued to The Sun: ‘The test they used last year was very basic — one not approved by the British Polygraph ­Association.

‘While nothing is set in stone and ideas change on an almost daily basis, at the moment there are no plans to bring the ­polygraphs back.’

Earlier this week the chief executive of Ofcom revealed that the watchdog would be investigating on-screen lie detectors.

‘We will be looking at lie detectors and other tools used by the production companies, as to whether…it’s fair treatment for vulnerable individuals,’ they said to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Love Island’s aftercare had also faced criticism following the suicide of last year’s contestant Mike Thalassitis.

Just a few days ago the ITV2 reality show released its detailed account of the duty of care process each contestant will go through before entering the villa and after.

Islanders will now receive therapy and proactive contact for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended.

It’s also been revealed that a number of hopefuls have been axed after failing to pass a surprise drug test.

Love Island launches Monday 3 June on ITV2. 

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