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Love Island bosses defend lie detector test after Jeremy Kyle Show death

Love Island bosses have defended their decision to use a lie detector in the coming series, despite warnings being raised over the apparent suicide of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest.

It has been all but confirmed that the lie detector will return to the Love Island villa in the coming weeks – and bosses on the ITV2 show have said that it is "essential" to test the relationships.

There has been controversy surrounding the use of lie detectors in reality shows, after 63-year-old Steve Dymond apparently took his own life after failing a test on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

He was accused of cheating on his fiancé, which he denied, but after a negative test, she dumped him.


Steve's death led to the ITV daytime show being permanently cancelled.

Speaking to The Sun, ITV Studios’ Managing Director Angela Jain said that it would be fine to 'test the relationships' of this year's crop of lovelorn Islanders.

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Defending its use, Angela said that the lie detector is "57 episodes into the run," and is "one episode, one element, it’s not even a big deal in terms of the format of the show."

She continued to say that it is "entirely normal" for relationships to be tested and that this helps to "mirror real life" when it comes to see which couples can survive to the end.

Angela revealed that the Islanders are "fully aware their relationships will get tested", and that it is "expectation for the audience and the islanders".


She admitted that the profile of Love Island has changed in the wake of the Jeremy Kyle Show linked death and that the "level of scrutiny has changed."

Speaking about the level of care they will be giving the new crop of islanders, Angela said it's "entirely normal to keep evolving those after care procedures that in no way is going to impact the editorial".

She insisted that their "duty of care is always first and foremost," and they "really care about the show and those Islanders".

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