Megan Barton-Hanson says ‘predictable’ Love Island need LGBT cast to make it ‘juicy’

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Megan Barton-Hanson has noted that it would be "much juicer" for Love Island to feature an LGBT+ line-up.

Speaking ahead of the new series launch on June 28, the bisexual 27 year old, who appeared on the show back in 2018, blasted the show for being "predictable" while urging for an "all gay line-up".

OnlyFans star Megan went on to tell Metro that "chucking in one bisexual person" does not work the way producers envision it does.

"I think with the whole tokenism thing, the girls just end up with the guy, maybe to stay on the show longer, I don't know. If they had an all gay line-up, it would just be so much more interesting to watch," she told the publication.

Megan shared further: "How it is right now, you can kind of predict what's going to happen: If there's a straight couple who are happy, the producers will just send in a person for whoever they think is likely to stray and send in a person who's their type.

"If there was an LGBT+ cast you could be tempted by anyone. I think it would be much juicier."

Her thoughts come after the show suffered immense backlash when ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri said having an all gay cast would serve as "logistical difficulty".

She said in a statement: "In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island. There's a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don't have to be 100 per cent straight, the format must sort of give [the] Islanders an equal choice when coupling up."

It comes after ITV bosses recently revealed the strict mental health protocols being put in place as they gear up to launch the seventh series.

New contestants are being offered comprehensive psychological support, training on the impacts of social media and handling negativity, and financial management training.

The villa inhabitants will have conversations about the impact of being on the show, and an aftercare package to support islanders has been finalised.

They'll also receive advice about seeking management for once they return to the UK.

ITV's press centre said: "These measures are regularly reviewed and evolve in line with the increasing popularity of the show and the level of social media and media attention around the islanders."

Love Island returns on 28 June on ITV2.

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