Top Love Island boss speaks out against fakery claims – but admits producers DO get involved in the show

Bosses also insisted the ITV2 hit was completely different to rival shows such as Big Brother.

But they admitted each episode was edited so that viewers saw the best “stories” and in reaction to social media.

Paul Mortimer told an Edinburgh TV Festival panel: "If you're alluding to interactivity between producer and islander, I think a lot of people just expected the show would be run in the same way that Big Brother is.

"In Big Brother, the only contact the contestants have is in the Diary Room with producers.

"We're not making that show, we don't need to make that show, we can create what I think is a bigger, better, more flexible and more reactive show because we've got producers in the field who happen to sometimes be in the villa.

"It's no secret that someone comes in and caters for them and they have a nice dinner every evening."

Addressing the criticism from viewers and in the media, Mortimer said: "I think that's where some of the criticism started to emerge because the show is now so successful, people are looking to create stories around Love Island.

"This summer was full of fakery comments.

“It’s not fakery. It’s the biggest thing we’ve ever had. Of course it’s got the hand of a producer on it. We’re making a TV show.”

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