Waiting for the themed music of the show, its narrator Iain Stirling voiced the start of the program. “We are absolutely shocked by the tragic news that Caroline, a much loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away,” he said.
The 40-year-old ex-presenter “Love Island” died of suicide in her north-east London apartment while waiting for trial for an alleged assault on her boyfriend.
“Like many of you, right now, we are trying to understand what happened,” added Stirling, her voice broken in places.
“Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we made our favorite show. You were a true friend to me. I’ll miss you Cass.”
The series has been reviewed in the news in recent days, pointing out that Flack is the third person associated with the program to die of suicide.
The series has been criticized in the past for its format and the torrent of attention that its characters receive on social media.
CNN contacted ITV for comment; in a previous statement he had been declared “shocked and saddened” by Flack’s death.
In one segment of each series, contestants are read mocking tweets posted by members of the public. A handful of stars have discussed receiving online criticism after leaving the show.
A former contestant, Eyal Booker, told CNN last year that the show encourages a culture of judgment. Several contestants felt the wrath of social media for their choices in the villa – to the extent that one reportedly one, Joe Garratt, was placed in a safe house after being discharged from the show.
ITV said it had enhanced its due diligence processes, including offering “enhanced psychological support”.
Many friends and colleagues of Flack defended the show. Laura Whitmore, Flack’s friend and replacement as host of “Love Island”, said the day after her death on BBC radio: “Caroline loved to love. That’s all she wanted. That’s why a show like Love Island was important to her, because the show concerns the search for love, friendship, laughter. The problem was not the show “.
Rob Picheta contributed to this report.