Laura Whitmore returned to host the Love Island UK live show, airing on ITV2, but fans were left mortified.
Love Island‘s eagerly-anticipated reunion show was slammed by viewers since it aired earlier this month.
Fans of the show were ‘livid’ as they took to Twitter to slam the “disrespectful” questioning and “awkward” scenes.
The cast reunited to wrap up the show, and the viewers expected a huge climax and drama of epic proportions but were met with a lackluster ending.
“This reunion is actually so anticlimactic no one is giving what needs to be given. Where’s the drama? #LoveIsland” one tweeted.
Another said: “Is anyone else finding this entire episode unbearably awkward? #LoveIsland #LoveIslandReunion.”
Laura was joined by Love Island 2021’s winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon, and fellow finalists Teddy Soares and Faye Winter, Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran, and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank.
Most Islanders were present, with exception of Jake Cornish who was apparently stricken with suspected Coronavirus. Fans speculated that Jake missed the reunion to avoid a run-in with his on-screen “girlfriend” Liberty Poole. Viewers and Islanders alike were sceptical about his feelings towards her, with the cast even forming an intervention for Liberty a couple of weeks before the final. The couple later went their separate ways the day before the final, leaving the villa together (as individuals) voluntarily.
The awkwardness began when Laura reunited Millie Court and Liam Reardon, with Millie’s love-rival in the villa, Lillie Haynes. For those who don’t know Liam had ‘cracked on’ with Lillie whilst he was separated from Millie in Casa Amor.
In the interview, Laura suggested they all go out and have a “few shots” to move on.
Laura went on to quiz Lillie about images that surfaced of Lillie on a night out with football heart-throb Jack Grealish, who is in a long-term relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Sasha Attwood.
“Was defo inappropriate for Laura to ask Lillie about Jack Grealish on live tv he has a girlfriend …” one complained.
Another said: “Erm sorry imagine being jack grealish’s girlfriend watching that then?? bit disrespectful??”
“How disrespectful. Jack Grealish has a girlfriend. These rumours must cause so much mental stress and heartache.. how can you add fuel to the fire when it’s someone’s personal life. What happened to be kind? #LoveIsland #LoveIslandReunion,” a third fumed.
The next awkward part of the programme happened when Laura quizzed Brad, Lucinda, and Aaron about their love-triangle. Laura asked Brad McClelland how he felt as he watched Aaron Francis and Lucinda Strafford kissing, to which he joked: “it turned us on!”
For those who didn’t tune in, Brad was coupled with Lucinda for a few days before Aaron entered. Upon entering the villa, Aaron quickly grew close to Lucinda.
After a public vote, Brad and Lucinda were forced apart – with one of the two asked to sacrifice their place in the villa. Brad chose to leave in order for Lucinda to continue her journey, giving her a free pass to crack on with Aaron.
All three confirmed that they are now single, even though Lucinda and Brad briefly rekindled their romance and dated on the outisde.
Brad has discussed his controversial reunion response recently, stating it was sarcasm, and came as a result of being asked the same question repetitively since leaving the villa.
Laura Whitmore took to Instagram Stories to set the record straight, asking viewers to contact ITV ahead of time to select questions which weren’t “awkward” or “disrespectful”.
She said: “I insist everybody sees the questions earlier than they go on air and are pleased with it. I imagine in alternative, so nothing is ever requested without permission…” the host defined, earlier than including within the subsequent slide “Ought to I make clear just a few different issues?
In response to the seating arrangements, which viewers complained about, Laura wrote:
“A whole bunch of individuals work on Love Island. My job is to not organise seating preparations. I barely know what seat I’m sitting in earlier than the present asset modifications a lot.”
“We invited Kaz to sit down with Toby for his exes phase however she didn’t wish to and it’s her option to make. Every part is run by the Islanders beforehand. It’s all about alternative!” she added.
Speaking of the awkwardness and standoffish behaviour of the islanders, Laura hit back with: “In contrast to earlier years, the Islanders weren’t allowed alcohol. Please keep in mind they’re simply common individuals who have been nervous on reside telly. I’m certain they might have liked a drink for the nerves.”
Viewers of the show were pleased to see that fan favourites Millie Court and Liam Reardon, Teddy Soares and Faye Winter, Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran, and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank are still together, with no shock re-couplings reported.