LOVE Island’s Sherif Lanre has claimed black contestants get less air time but do more to “keep the villa together”.
The 20-year-old chef exclusively told The Sun on Sunday how he was axed from the ITV2 show for a crude jibe at fellow contestant Molly-Mae Hague.
Today, Sherif made his first live TV appearance since being booted out of the villa on The Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC Two.
Speaking about the amount of airtime black contestants get on the show, he said: “I’m not gonna point any fingers but in the casting they expect you to couple up with certain people based on what you’ve said or what they think is the norm.
“The air time which contestants of my race and similar was very disproportionate to our value in the villa. We did more to keep the villa together and socially.
“I do feel statistically they do get less air time, why that is is down to the people in charge.
“They want to give the viewers what they feel they want.”
A Love Island representative fiercely denied accusations of racism issued in a statement.
They said: “We would strongly refute any accusation of racism.
“All of the Islanders are treated fairly and in accordance with our duty of care.”
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Sherif’s departure came after he accidentally kicked Molly-Mae, 19, in the crotch during a play fight and called it a “c*** punt”.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Sherif said: “I’ve been stupid and let myself down.”
He also spoke of his regret after the vile ‘joke’ led to his exit from the show.
But the 20-year-old chef insisted that he was not being malicious.