Caroline Flack’s mother said TV presenters needed improvements in ‘duty of care’ because of the level of ‘exposure’.
Christine said it was ‘ironic’ that her late daughter, who hosted hugely popular ITV show Love Island, was ‘wrongly fired’ from her role as her own love life was turned upside down.
Caroline took her own life on February 15, 2020, aged 40, the day after she heard that the Crown would pursue a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019.
Tragic: Caroline Flack’s mother Christine says TV presenters need ‘better duty of care’ after she was ‘wrongfully sacked’ from her role as presenter of Love Island
Talk to The sun, Christine explained, “Duty of care with presenters needs to be improved. If you work in an office, you are protected, but not on television, you are exposed.
“Love Island thrived on arguments and they probably still do, I haven’t watched it since. But when it came to Caroline, they fired her because of her love life. That was totally wrong .
“I watched it because Carrie was in it and I loved it because she absolutely loved it. She loved the crew and the competitors. It was ironic when his love life was in trouble.
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Backup: Christine said it was ‘ironic’ that her late daughter, who hosted the hugely popular ITV show Love Island, was ‘wrongly fired’ from her role amid turmoil in her own love life ( Caroline pictured on Love Island in 2019)
Last month, Love Island producers said contestants would receive inclusivity training, 24-hour access to mental health experts and tailored advice on how to deal with instant fame in as part of an extensive care program implemented before his last series.
The popular ITV2 show returned to Mallorca for an eighth series in June, and producers ensured its latest crop of singletons received plenty of professional guidance as part of their duty of care protocol – before, during and after their stay in the Spanish villa.
Prior to this series, candidates will be offered video training and guidance covering appropriate inclusive language regarding disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, as well as general behaviors and microaggressions.
Support: She explained, “The duty of care to presenters needs to be improved. If you work in an office you are protected, but on TV you are not, you are exposed’
Pre-filming psychological and medical evaluations, including examinations by an independent doctor, a psychological consultant and reports from each islander’s GP to check their respective medical histories, are also required.
The discussions were designed to address topics such as inclusive language, behavior, creating safe spaces and being a good ally.
Additionally, prospective Islanders will watch a video presented by the show’s Executive Producer and Wellness Manager interviewing former Islanders about their experiences on the show.
This includes details on the two week period before they enter the Villa, how to deal with being filmed 24 hours a day, the interaction they will have with the Villa producers, the support provided to members family, dealing with social media trolling and adjusting to life away from the show.
Heartbreaking: In February 2020, Love Island host Caroline Flack (pictured) was found dead in her home after taking her own life, a day after hearing the prosecution would pursue a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in 2019
Cast members will also be advised to consider all potential implications of their participation in the show – particularly any negative feedback they may receive on social media – and work through this decision-making process with their families.
Caroline’s death was ruled a suicide at an August 2020 inquest with coroner Mary Hassell saying: ‘The key decision I have to make is whether Caroline took her own life…
“I must be satisfied that she acted in such a way as to cause his death and, secondly, that she intended to cause his death.
“In Caroline’s case, I am fully convinced that she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself. She had only one expectation: her own death. There is no doubt in my mind.
The coroner said Flack had experienced “fluctuating ill health” and was “distressed” at the prospect of facing trial.
Help: Last month, producers said contestants will receive inclusivity training, 24-hour access to mental health experts and tailored advice on how to deal with instant fame (cast 2022 illustrated)
LOVE ISLAND 2022: DUTY OF VIGILANCE
- Complete psychological support
- Training for all Islanders on the impacts of social media and dealing with potential negativity
- Financial management training for all Islanders
- Detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show
- A proactive aftercare program that extends support to all Islanders after their appearance on the show
- Support and advice on management after the show
Information published courtesy of ITV
She said: “Caroline had fluctuating poor mental health, she had struggled in the past. She had had difficulty…
“Despite the fact that she was able to lead – for some – an enchanted life, in fact, the more famous she became, the more some of these difficulties increased – she had to deal with the media in a way that most of between us do not. .
“It played out in the national press – and it was incredibly difficult for her. She faced the prospect of not working the job she loved, losing a lot…
‘I find the reason she took her own life was that she now knew she was being pursued for sure, and she knew she would face the media, the press, the publicity – it would all come down to her . For me, that’s basically it.
Circumstances: In August 2020, the coroner said Caroline had experienced ‘fluctuating poor health’ and was ‘distressed’ at the prospect of facing trial
At the time, her mother Christine wept as she told the coroner via video link: ‘I totally agree, I think you got it all. We know you’re not allowed to say certain things and it’s up to us if we want to go further, and we don’t. You are there.
In conclusion, the coroner recorded a death by suicide caused by hanging.
Ms Hassell said: ‘Caroline hanged herself in her home on the morning of February 15 due to an exacerbation of fluctuating ill health and distress.
In February, it was revealed Met Police would reconsider whether Caroline was being treated differently because of her fame – her mother saying she was “sad and very angry” at the force.
Caroline’s mother has demanded an explanation as to why the star was charged with assaulting her boyfriend – Met Police said to reconsider whether she was treated differently because of her fame.
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Exposure: In February it was revealed that the Met Police would reconsider whether Caroline was treated differently because of her fame