Love Island stars ‘banned from appearing on other TV shows for eight months’
Love Island stars reportedly cannot appear on another TV show for eight months after appearing in the Majorcan villa.
According to The Sun, each of this year’s Islanders had to sign a hefty contract which completely forbids them to "apply, audition for, or appear on any other programme until February 2022".
ITV are also reportedly in charge of any commercial deal each star signs until a month after the show concludes – even for those who were only on the show for a few days.
The Sun reports that such stipulations even extend to podcasts, as Islanders are not allowed to "contribute or appear on any podcast without approval".
However, dumped Islanders such as Brad McClelland have already appeared on other ITV daytime shows, including chat show Lorraine – presumably after getting consent from channel bosses.
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A source told The Sun: "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."
Many Love Island stars have gone on to have extensive reality TV careers outside of their social media success, with Kem Cetinay, Maura Higgins and Wes Nelson all appearing on ITV’s Dancing on Ice after leaving the villa.
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Others have appeared on Celebs Go Dating, Celebrity Big Brother and Ex on the Beach.
It comes after ITV overhauled this year’s show in order to better protect contestants’ mental health, warning upcoming Islanders that "nobody may fancy them" upon entering the villa.
The harsh new contract allegedly explained: "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 reportedly continued: "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."
The measures were put in place to address ITV’s duty of care protocols after the tragic deaths of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, along with show host Caroline Flack.
Daily Star Online has contacted ITV for comment.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVHub.
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