Britain’s most complained about TV programme has been revealed after viewers logged over 75,000 complaints – and it wasn’t Love Island.
While the ITV dating show famously claimed the most complained about TV moment of 2022, with almost three thousand viewers condemning one particular episode, figures prove another, more surprising show, holds the top spot.
Over the last two years Good Morning Britain sparked over 75,623 Ofcom complaints, in a new report.
In the document by the TECC obtained by The Sun, the news and talk show made up 36.63 per cent of all complaints received over the time frame.
Love Island came in second place with 42,944, while Coronation Street was the most complained about TV soap.
Surprising: Britain’s most complained about TV programme has been revealed after viewers logged over 75,000 complaints and it wasn’t Love Island, it was Good Morning Britain
Drama: Love Island came in second place with 42,944, while Coronation Street was the most complained about TV soap
In December the dating show become responsible for three of the most complained about TV moments of the year.
One particular episode came under fire for its perceived tolerance of alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour.
Official figures released by British TV and radio regulator Ofcom place the ITV2 flagship at the top of a ten strong list, with many of its complaints relating to its July 17 episode.
Figures showed that 2,630 viewers complained about ‘alleged misogynistic behaviour by some of the male contestants’ during the show’s Movie Night.
In addition, 769 viewers complained about the July 18 episode of Aftersun, which saw host Laura Whitmore and panellists speculate on what happened between Ekin-Su Culculoglu and George Tasker in the bedroom.
The treatment of contestant Tasha Gouri during one of its best known challenges, was also called into question, with 1,523 complaining after the episode aired on July 19.
The professional dancer was repeatedly hit in the face with cream pies during a game of snog, marry, pie – a regular fixture on the show whereby contestants must pie the person they deem the most unappealing.
Ofcom said at that complaints specific to that July 17 episode had been about ‘alleged bullying among the contestants, and raised ongoing concerns about behaviour from the male contestants that they considered to be misogynistic’.
Top of the list: The ITV dating show famously claimed the most complained about TV moment of 2022, with almost three thousand viewers condemning one particular episode
Over the show’s eight weeks on air, 7,482 complaints were made related to ‘alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour’ by some of the male contestants.
Other complaints made were centred around ‘alleged misogyny, emotional abuse and coercive control’ by the male contestants.
In 2021, Love Island received a record breaking 24,763 Ofcom complaints over Faye Winter’s expletive-filled row with Teddy Soares.
Thousands of viewers took to the media watchdog to express their upset at the episode in which Faye let rip at Teddy in a furious rant after watching a clip of him in Casa Amor.
The video, shown during the islander’s Movie Night challenge, saw Teddy tell fellow contestant Clarisse Juliette that he was ‘sexually attracted’ to her.
Faye’s rant – branded ‘horrendous’, ‘abusive’, and ‘gaslighting’ by fans of the show – resulted in the most expletive-ridden episode ever, with reports that contestants swore 125 times, while Faye is said to have said ‘f**k’ 57 times.
And in the aftermath of the explosive scenes, Ofcom have confirmed the episode received nearly 25,000 complaints.
An Ofcom representative told The Mirror: ‘We’ve received a high volume of complaints about last week’s Love Island, which is consistent with a trend of growing complaints about high-profile TV shows.
‘We are carefully assessing the complaints we’ve received, before deciding whether or not to investigate.’
This series previously saw a high of 4,000 complaints following the episode in which Faye was shown a postcard which suggested that Teddy had cheated on her, with viewers fuming that it was ‘misleading’.
Not impressed: In 2021, Love Island received a record breaking 24,763 Ofcom complaints over Faye Winter’s expletive-filled row with Teddy Soares
In the wake of the shocking episode, a spokesperson for Love Island addressed the backlash, adding to the publication: ‘Welfare and duty of care towards our contributors is always our primary concern, and we take the emotional well-being of all the Islanders extremely seriously.
‘We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera, especially if someone appears to be upset.
‘All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on-site and by their friends in the villa.’
They concluded: ‘Islanders can always reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need.’
THE MOST COMPLAINED ABOUT TV MOMENTS OF 2022
1. Love Island – July 17 (2,630 complaints)
2. I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – November 6-27 (1,890 complaints)
3. Friday Night Live – October 21 (1.548 complaints)
4. Love Island – July 19 (1,523 complaints)
5. Good Morning Britain – February 15 (860 complaints)
6. Jeremy Vine – January 24 (773 complaints)
7. Love Island – July 18 (769 complaints)
8. I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – November 13 (627 complaints)
9. FIFA World Cup Final – December 18 (605 complaints)
10. Sky News – September 10 (599 complaints)
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