Malin Andersson calls for 'extraordinary aftercare' on reality shows
16 May 2019 - 11:00 AM

Malin Andersson calls for 'extraordinary aftercare' on reality shows

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Malin Andersson has called for some "extraordinary aftercare" to be put in place on reality TV shows after "The Jeremy Kyle Show" was axed.

The former "Love Island" star - who appeared on the ITV dating show in 2016 - has questioned whether TV bosses are going to "wait for one more death", axe all reality programmes, or substantially improve their aftercare to prevent further casualties.

She wrote on Twitter: "So Jeremy Kyle is permanently axed. Hmm.

"Do we have to wait for one more death before other shows are axed? Or can't we just put in some extraordinary aftercare in place to prevent ANY deaths from occurring ever again. (sic)"

Malin's comments come after "The Jeremy Kyle Show" was axed yesterday (15.05.19) following the death of a participant.

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And she recently called for "Love Island" to take a break after former contestant Mike Thalassitis was found dead aged 26.

She asked her Twitter followers: "Do you think Love Island should air this summer? (sic)"

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Malin then wrote: "I reckon the bad outweighs the good (sic)"

The 23-year-old star previously deemed the show's aftercare "not enough" after the death of former contestant Sophie Gradon, who died by suicide in 2018 aged 32.

Malin said: "I don't blame the show itself, because we asked to go on it, but I think the care received wasn't enough.

"If someone is crying for help, like Sophie kind of did, and asked for help after it, with a psychiatrist or whatever. I think that they should have noted that and realised.

"We have psych tests before the show, to see if we're fit to be in the villa. But afterwards, we need more support coming out."

Following Mike's death, Richard Cowles, creative director of ITV Studios, admitted contestants on the ITV2 dating show will receive more support and ITV will be "proactively checking in" with former "Love Island" stars "on a regular basis".

He wrote: "When something so awful happens we naturally enter a period of soul searching and ask whether anything could have been done. This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us. And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management. The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the Islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis ... We work with an independent GP and a psychological consultant to provide an assessment of the physical and mental health of each of the shortlisted cast members and their suitability for inclusion."

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