PANICKED Love Island bosses have slapped a sex ban on randy contestants amid fears that one more duty of care crisis will destroy the hit show.
The ITV2 ratings winner, which once featured four couples romping in a single episode, has won millions of fans with its under-the-covers action.
ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall is said to be desperate to protect the money-spinner from further censure from MPs and regulators.
And in a U-turn this year, casting directors deliberately chose contestants who did not want to have sex on TV and shunned those who were up for doing the dirty.
Sources last night revealed the move was seen as a “necessary evil” to protect the show, which has smashed viewing records for ITV2 and pulls in millions in advertising.
And speaking exclusively to The Sun on Sunday, star Anna Vakili confirmed that when it came to casting for this year’s show bosses were “looking for PG”.
Anna, who left the Majorcan villa last Tuesday night, admitted that she was stunned by how tame the cast seemed — with the exception of Maura Higgins.
She told how many of the girls were reluctant even to kiss on camera at first.
Anna, 29, said: “A lot of the islanders this year are very PG. They didn’t want to have sex in the villa and they cared about doing it in a room full of people.
“I remember the first challenge we had involved kissing, and all the girls were like: ‘No!’ I was like: ‘Guys, this is supposed to be fun. Let’s have fun.’
‘NOT VERY SEXUAL’
“They were all so different to how I expected. I was saying it the whole time I was there. They were all — with the exception of Maura — not very sexual.
“Me and Maura were the ones who talked about sex the most. We talked about sex — and how sexually frustrated we were — all the time in the villa.
“But often when it came up, the others seemed too scared to join in.”
Millions of viewers this week watched Maura, 28, vent her anger after dancer Curtis Pritchard, 23, refused her advances, telling her he was too tired.
Furious Maura went on to tell islanders she was a “horny devil” prompting Molly-Mae Hague to retort: “I think the whole of the UK knows you have needs.”
Anna told how the risqué remarks were typical of Maura, as she revealed the pair of them were by far the raunchiest girls in the villa.
VOWED NOT TO HAVE SEX
But the beauty, who was paired with Jordan Hames, 24, for three weeks, insisted she did not have sex after deciding in advance not to romp with anyone.
Yet, she was surprised that her decision did not put off casting directors. She said all her fellow islanders also told their interviewers that they would never get steamy on the show — even if they changed their minds later.
Pharmacist Anna, from London, said: “I think this year they looked for PG. The funny thing is that they asked me in an interview beforehand: ‘Would you…?’
“And I didn’t even let them finish. I said: ‘I wouldn’t have sex on TV.’ Then they asked: ‘Do you feel comfortable talking about sex?’ So I answered: ‘Yeah.’ They were like, ‘OK’. So they put me in there, knowing I didn’t want to have sex on TV.
“And that was true of the entire cast this year. Everyone said they didn’t want to have sex while they were in the villa. They strongly didn’t want to do that.
“They didn’t want to have sex in a room full of people and with their parents watching at home. Obviously, they might have changed their minds. But no one told me they had sex, so as far as I know no one had when I left on Tuesday.”
Past series of Love Island have seen frisky islanders romping left right and centre — bedding each other in cupboards, on sofas and in broad daylight in the villa pool.
By comparison, this year’s series has been dubbed sexless by fans owing to its lack of explicit liaisons — with those that do happen mostly not being aired.
One ITV source said: “Love Island is now a huge asset for ITV. It pulls in millions of pounds in advertising and viewing figures have hit new heights this series.
“But the bosses are concerned that it remains in a precarious position as a result of the storm it faced this year over their duty of care standards.
“They have decided to err on the side of caution and limit the raunchier content that is aired.
“It is seen as a necessary evil, as the fear is another serious scandal could sink the show altogether. And at this point they can’t afford for that to happen.”
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