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Caroline Flack: ITV director Kevin Lygo says ‘door was left open’ for presenter to return | UK News



The director of television at ITV has said the “door was left open” for Caroline Flack to return to her role presenting Love Island.

In a statement, Kevin Lygo said the Love Island team “remained in regular contact” with the 40-year-old “and continued to offer support over the last few months”.

He said: “Everyone at ITV is absolutely devastated and still trying to process this tragic news.”

“Caroline was part of Love Island from the very beginning and her passion, dedication and boundless energy contributed to the show’s success.

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“After Caroline stepped down from the show, ITV made it clear that the door was left open for her to return and the Love Island production team remained in regular contact with her and continued to offer support over the last few months.

“Love Island will return tonight and will include a tribute to Caroline that the team in South Africa and Iain Stirling have put together.

“Caroline loved Love Island and was very vocal in her support of the show. Viewers could relate to her and she to them and that was a big part of the programme’s success. We will all miss her very much.”

It is the first time Mr Lygo has spoken publicly since Flack was found dead in her flat on Saturday after taking her own life.

She is said by those known to the her to have been “destroyed” by negative treatment from the press and on social media.

Caoline Flack's friend has called for the law to be changed following the tragic death of the former Love Island presenter.

Caroline Flack’s friend, Stephanie Davis, says the treatment of the former Love Island presenter before her death was

Ex-Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis told Sky News’ [email protected] that her friend had also been receiving death threats.

She said: “[Caroline] was destroyed by it all. She had nowhere to turn, she was getting death threats. People online, bullying, that needs to stop. What’s happened to us all being kind humans, helping each other?

“Why are we all jumping on people? Why can’t we say ‘you are clearly struggling, you clearly need help with your mental health, let’s find you a way out, let’s make this better?’

“It’s not fair what the media has done, it’s really not fair.”

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