Ollie Williams, 23, has prompted over 200 complaints to Ofcom as fans of the show insist that he’s removed after it was revealed that he has a big game hunting past.
Andrew Williams, Ollie’s father said, “This is Oliver’s journey and we won’t be commenting.”
He went on to say Ollie could “speak for himself” when he comes out of the villa at some point.
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ITV executives currently have “no intention” of removing Ollie, even after pictures of him posing with numerous dead animals that he’d killed during a trip to Africa were revealed.
Fans are outraged by the photos, and have launched a petition to force ITV producers to axe him from the show.
But a source from ITV has said: “It is highly unlikely Ollie will be booted off the series. He’s part of the lineup and already filmed the first episode – bosses see no reason to kick him off.
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“Love Island cast Ollie out of thousands of applicants and are sticking to their decision.
“They’re hoping this will all blow over once the audience gets to know Ollie after seeing him on screen.”
The petition, called ‘Remove Ollie Williams from Winter Love Island for Trophy Hunting!’ already has 1000’s of signatures on Change.org. The description concludes:
“Ollie Williams should not be allowed to take part or compete in the Love Island series and he should not be allowed on a such a public platform.”
Fans have taken to social media to share their feelings, with one tweet saying:
“Absolutely disgusted that Ollie Williams is allowed to take part in the show.
“Trophy hunting is a vile ‘sport’. Bad move putting an animal killer on the show.
“I was looking forward to this series but I certainly won’t be watching unless he’s removed from the show.”
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Another said: “I hope @LoveIsland won’t allow this to be associated with their brand.
“Hunting and animal cruelty CAN’T be glorified by the mainstream entertainment shows, if only by association.”
And another: “Despicable. @ITV should kick him off @LoveIsland”.
The images have since been deleted but still in the public domain where Ollie proudly poses beside a warthog, water buffalo and giant eland to promote his hunting business Cornish Sporting Agency.
Furthermore, the giant eland — a type of antelope — has been listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
It has already no longer in counters like The Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo.
In one of the photos, Ollie is kneeling and smiling beside a dead animal with the caption reading:
“You’ve gotta love it when you put your binos up and see a bull like this on the other end!
“Another happy client with his awesome eland bull! Enquire on the website today!”
A source claims that the hunting had been conservation work and that he had been “culling sick animals”.
They said: “It is categorically untrue to suggest Ollie is involved in hunting for sport. Ollie is a passionate conservationist and worked with an anti-poaching unit in Mozambique.
“Conservation is crucial to the survival of animals and as part of that work Ollie was involved in the culling of sick animals who were a threat to the health of the herd.
“There is a very big and important difference between trophy hunting and the conversation work Ollie has previously been involved in.
“At no point has Ollie organised or booked anybody to go to Africa to shoot game.”
Ben Fogle said: “I have spent many years exploring the subject of big game animal hunting.
“And, although it is often excused by hunters as a ‘tool for conservation’, I find it difficult to stomach the notion of hunting for pleasure.
But none the less, it seems that Ollie’s own father isn’t willing to get involved in the issue so I guess we’ll see how this one unfolds.