Georgia Harrison has spoken in defence of Love Island after the blame put on them for Mike Thalassitis’ death.
The 24 year old appeared on the 2017 series of the hit ITV2 dating show — a year before Mike did.
Mike was tragically found hanged in a park near his Essex home at the age of 26 last month.
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Since his death, an overwhelming number of former cast members spoke out against the show, blasting their aftercare system.
However, Georgia has now said it’s “not fair” to put the blame for Mike’s death on the show.
Speaking to heatworld, Georgia said: “Personally, in terms of production within Love Island, they’ve always been amazing with me.
“They’ve always been really supportive. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities they’ve given me.”
She continued: “I feel sorry for the production coming under target at the moment.
“I know a lot of it obviously revolves around Mike, but no one knows what he was going through at the time and people shouldn’t have preconceived opinions on it.
“Only he knows how he felt at the time and it’s not fair to blame Love Island at all. I’m really happy with the aftercare, personally.”
Following Mike’s death, ITV bosses spoke out against the backlash — denying a link between the show and the deaths of Mike and another former cast member, Sophie Gradon
Speaking to the Broadcasting Press Guild, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said: “I would also say that I don’t think anybody has made a direct link between what happened to Mike and Love Island.
“That would be an extremely tenuous thing to do given he was very happy on Love Island and all his mates have said that and that he’s done two other reality programmes since then.”
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