Love Island pulled for second night as Schofield pays tribute to Flack
Love Island was pulled for a second consecutive night following the death of former presenter Caroline Flack – as Phillip Schofield paid an emotional tribute to her on Dancing On Ice.
The ITV2 dating show was not broadcast on Sunday night but will be back on Monday with a tribute to Flack.
An ITV spokesman said: “Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection. All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.
“After careful consultation between Caroline’s representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline’s tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight’s Love Island out of respect for Caroline’s family.
“Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts.”
ITV also did not show Saturday’s highlights edition of Love Island, which was due to air hours after Flack was found dead in her east London flat.
On Sunday night, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby opened the latest Dancing On Ice instalment on ITV with a tribute to Flack.
Schofield said: “We’d like to begin tonight’s show by taking a moment to remember Caroline Flack in light of yesterday’s awful news. We wanted to say that our hearts go out to her family and friends.”
His co-host Willoughby added: “Many of us here on the show knew Caroline as a friend and we will all miss her enormously. As Caroline herself recently posted, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Her family’s lawyer confirmed Flack took her own life.
It is understood the day before her death, an ambulance was called to her flat, but after an assessment nobody was taken to hospital.
Flack, 40, had been due to stand trial in March for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, last year.
She had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on bail, with conditions that stopped her having any contact with the 27-year-old model and ex-professional tennis player.
Burton’s lawyers said in court he was a witness, not a victim.
He posted a statement on Instagram on Sunday with a picture of the couple on holiday.
“My heart is broken we had something so special,” he said.
Flack’s management criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for pressing ahead with the charges in what they called her “show trial”.
The presenter, who was also an X Factor host and won Strictly Come Dancing, took over as the host of Love Island in 2015.
She became synonymous with the programme that has now become one of the most-watched reality shows in the UK.
After she was charged for assaulting her boyfriend, Flack stepped down from the show and was replaced by her friend, Laura Whitmore.
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