THE death of Mike Thalassitis prompted an overhaul of ITV2’s Love Island — but MTV bosses still have some catching up to do.
I can reveal that channel chiefs are set to bring back Ex On The Beach this year, after previously canning the last series in the wake of Mike taking his own life.
The tragic Love Islander took part in the last season of the MTV reality show — but it has never been aired.
A TV source said: “It looked like the show might have been over for good when it didn’t come back, but that isn’t the case.
“Bosses still believe in the format and they’re going to try to learn the same lessons as Love Island.
“They definitely don’t feel it’s over yet, even though some fans might question the decision.”
ITV2’s Love Island introduced new measures for the contestants including financial management, social media training as well as access to round-the-clock counselling in the wake of the suicides of Mike and fellow former Islander Sophie Gradon.
A statement from MTV at the time of Mike’s death, in March, said: “We were very sad to hear the tragic news and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
“Last year, Mike took part in filming for the next series of Ex on the Beach, which was due to air on MTV later in the year.
“In light of the news of Mike’s death, we have decided not to broadcast the planned 10th season of the show.”
For me, it’s time they binned the concept for good.
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