Love Island cast members are reportedly banned from making TV appearances for eight months after appearing on the show, according to their leaked contracts.
According to The Sun, this year’s stars could face tough restrictions when it comes to capitalising on their newfound fame after leaving the villa, with bosses warning they must seek approval before signing any brand deals.
It comes after it was previously reported this year’s stars were also told that ‘nobody may fancy them’ when they entered the villa, as part of new contracts to safeguard stars’ mental health.
Limits: Love Island cast members are reportedly banned from making TV appearances for eight months after appearing on the show, according to their leaked contracts
Before jetting to Majorca, all of this year’s Islanders had to sign a lengthy contract which detailed limitations they may face once they leave the villa.
It allegedly states that they ‘must not apply, audition for, or appear on any other programme until February 22.’
ITV bosses have also been given a veto over any commercial deals the cast may wish to sign for a month after the series ends, regardless of how long they were on the show.
The contract also reportedly states this year’s stars ‘cannot contribute or appear on any podcast without approval,’ meaning ITV bosses have full control over any future deals Love Island stars may wish to sign.
Limits: This year’s stars could face tough restrictions when it comes to capitalising on their newfound fame after leaving the villa
A source told the publication: ‘Islanders will have been able to read what they are signing up for but it’s one of the strictest contracts I’ve ever seen – they have no experience of the industry so I doubt they would have understood the implications.
‘Everyone knows as soon as you leave any reality show you have to strike while the iron is hot but ITV’s demands make that really hard.’
A representative for ITV told the publication: ‘We wouldn’t comment on contracts.’ MailOnline has contacted representatives for Love Island for comment.
It was previously reported by The Sun that this years Love Island stars were told that ‘nobody could fancy them,’ in their detailed contracts.
Brutal: It comes after it was previously reported stars were also told that ‘nobody may fancy them’ when they entered the villa, as part of new contracts to safeguard their mental health
It allegedly said: ‘There’s no guarantee as to how long your stay in the villa will last – you could be the first person to leave and nobody may fancy you.’
It continues: ‘If you’re hoping that you will become famous by taking part in the show there are no guarantees that this will happen. It may not change your life in any way.’
A source stated that the brutal statements were part of attempts to ‘safeguard’ Islanders’ mental health, forming part of ITV’s new duty of care guidelines.
Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months.
ITV previously listed the show’s new duty of care protocols in a statement, to support Islanders before, during and after filming.
The protocols are in line with the show’s last series but will also now feature another clinical psychologist, Dr Matthew Gould, who joined ITV last year and will work with Dr Litchfield, an external advisor to the business.
The two medical professionals will continue to independently review and evolve the duty of care measures ITV currently has in place.
Measures: ITV previously listed the show’s new duty of care protocols in a statement, to support Islanders before, during and after filming
The current and full duty of care process sees comprehensive psychological support, detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show and a proactive aftercare package which offers support.
Other measures in place include training for contestants with social media, handling potential negativity, financial management and taking on management.
The duty of care process will regularly be reviewed and evolve in line with the increasing popularity of the show.
ITV’s guidelines and policies are fully compliant with Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code to protect the welfare of those participating in TV programmes, including those amendments which came into effect in April 2021.
Love Island duty of care protocols in full – ahead of 2021 series
Pre-filming and filming
- Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
- Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
- Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
- Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
- Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
- Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
- A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.
- Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
- A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home.
- Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
- We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.