Love Island Ollie Williams’ family ‘pulled him out’ of show after backlash
Ollie Williams quit Love Island after three days after confessing he still harbours feelings for his ex-girlfriend.
However, Curtis Pritchard , who appeared on the show last year, claimed the 23-year-old's family "contacted producers and asked for him to be pulled from the show".
The heir to the Lanhydrock came under public scrutiny when photos emerged of him posing with dead animals – wild and endangered – during a hunt in Africa.
Viewers fumed over ITV's decision to let the star stay in the villa, and an online petition, garnering 35,000 signatures, was set up in order to have him kicked off the show.
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Following Ollie's decision to leave the programme in order to follow his heart, Curtis Pritchard questioned his reasons.
During an interview on Heart radio, Curtis explained: "His family might have contacted producers and asked for him to leave, you just don't know.
"They might have seen all the hate he was getting and decided to pull him out."
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Curtis' claims come after previous contestant Olivia Attwood alleged Ollie's comments were a "cover-up".
Replying to a remark from a fan on social media, Olivia cryptically hinted the story wasn't the "real reason" the singelton left the villa, playfully revealing, "you probably believe in Father Christmas too".
Despite the allegations made against Ollie, a spokesperson for the popular ITV dating show maintained his romantic feelings were behind his short-lived appearance.
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"Ollie made the decision to leave off his own back and explained his reasons for doing so in his quote.
"He was not made aware whilst he was in the villa of any press stories running around him but as with all Islanders, since leaving the villa he has now been briefed as to what has been written and said about him as part of our duty of care."
They added: "We will be supporting Ollie as he leaves the villa."
Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm.
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