Love Island has been hit with more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints after casting bombshell Danny Bibby.
The 25-year-old Mancunian entered the Spanish villa last week, but fans of the ITV2 show have called for him to be removed ever since.
It comes after eagle-eyed social media users found an old post where Danny used the N-word back in 2019.
After it emerged, ITV released a statement from Danny via the villa which read: “I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark.”
He continued: “I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant.
“I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again. I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.”
Danny’s father Richard had previously said in a statement released through ITV: “Danny does not have a racist bone in his body and there were no racist intentions to this post.”
Regarding the episode on July 15, in which Danny entered the villa, there were 1,081 complaints to Ofcom.
The show was hit by another 426 for the episode on July 18.
It’s thought that the 426 complaints may be related to Love Island’s choice of song that was played as Sunday’s episode began, which was an excerpt from the song by Kanye West and Jay-Z but with some lyrics, including explicit content, edited out, with the backing primarily being heard.
Some viewers on social media were not impressed by the show’s song choice on Sunday in light of the controversy.
A different Love Island viewer wrote: “Pls don’t forget to report ITV to ofcom for playing n***** in Paris at the start of the show.”
Another tweeted: “The cheek of Love Island to play N***** in Paris, mocking it #LoveIsland “.
Meanwhile, another Twitter user penned: “Really Love Island? Out of all the songs you choose N…. in Paris?? Who is responsible for this?! #LoveIsland ”.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.