Love Island bosses have “no intention” to chase Ollie Williams after being exposed as a “game hunter who posed with a series of dead animals killed in Africa”.
The producers of the ITV2 series refuse to “bow to the public on a moral issue” since they don’t believe that participation in Ollie, 23, on the show will affect the vision of the figures.
One insider told MailOnline: ‘It is highly unlikely that Ollie will be started from the series. He is part of the lineup and has already filmed the first episode – the bosses see no reason to kick him off. “
Staying put: the bosses of Love Island have “no intention” to chase Ollie Williams after being exposed as a “game hunter who posed with a series of dead animals he killed in Africa”
A source continued: ‘Love Island has dismissed Ollie from thousands of candidates and they have followed their decision.
“They hope this will break out once the public gets to know Ollie after seeing him on the screen.”
A source close to Ollie previously denied that the star, who will make her debut on Winter Love Island tonight, hunted for the sport after posing alongside a variety of dead animals.
Defiant: ITV2 series producers refuse to “bow to the public for a moral issue” as they don’t believe that keeping Ollie, 23, on the show will affect the vision of the figures
In a statement the insider added: ‘It is not categorically false to suggest that Ollie be involved in the hunt for sport.
Ollie is an avid environmentalist and worked with an anti-poaching unit in Mozambique.
“Conservation is crucial for the survival of the animals and in the context of this work, Ollie has been involved in the culling of sick animals which posed a threat to the health of the herd.
‘There is a very big and important difference between the trophy hunt and the conversation work in which Ollie was previously involved.
“Under no circumstances did Ollie organize or book anyone to travel to Africa to shoot the game.”
Denial: sources close to the competitor previously denied any hints he hunted for the sport after images of Ollie posing next to a variety of dead animals emerged
Spectators of Love Island were shocked after photos of the heir to the 2,000-acre Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall emerged as he proudly poses alongside a warthog, water buffalo and giant eland to promote his Cornish hunting activity Sporting Agency.
It offered “unforgettable sporting experiences” in Mozambique and South Africa, as well as clay pigeon shooting events in southwestern England.
The agency’s website went offline in November 2018 but, according to Companies House data, Oliver Sebastian James Williams is still the company’s active director.
It’s not happening: ‘It’s highly unlikely that Ollie will be launched from the series. He is part of the lineup and has already filmed the first episode – the bosses see no reason to kick him off, “an insider told MailOnline
Controversy: Love Island viewers were in turmoil after photos of the heir to the 2,000-acre Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall emerged, posing proudly alongside a warthog, water buffalo and giant eland to promote his hunting activities
Reality stars like Made In Chelsea’s Lucy Watson, TOWIE’s Mario Falcone and apprentice candidate Luisa Zissman have threatened to boycott the winter debut series that Ollie, a “spoiled rich kid”, was part of the competition.
Luisa, 32, posted on Instagram: ‘Killing beautiful innocent animals in their habitats and homes is disgusting.
“Why is he being offered a huge platform on one of the most popular TV shows?”
Anger: celebrities also quickly criticized Ollie, with ex-apprentice star Luisa Zissman banging him on Instagram
Angry: Luisa wrote in a long post: “Killing beautiful innocent animals in their homes and habits is disgusting”
Outraged: By reposting an article about the scandal, ex Love Island star Malin Andersson banged Ollie on Twitter
Mario, 31, added: “Disgusting … How did you miss Love Island?” while Lucy, a greedy vegan, simply said “disgusting”.
To the point of publishing nearly 5,000 viewers have signed a petition to remove Ollie from the series in protest against his “sick and sadistic hobby”.
Twitter user Becky Edmonds tweeted: “Bring Ollie Williams off the island of love before it starts, nobody wants to watch someone kill the endangered animals for trophy photos.”
Natasha Anne said: ‘Of course, we all know how disgustingly superficial and vacuous #LoveIsland is, but – the fact that the producers / castings have completely escaped / overlooked the disgusting activities in which Ollie Williams surrendered is beyond irresponsible, immoral and frank t ** * ish ‘.
Striking: the news prompted dozens of fans and a myriad of stars to ask that it be abandoned by the ITV show