Removed Love Island contestant Sherif Lanre has admitted he got into hot water with the producers on more than one occasion before ultimately being booted from the show last week.
The 21-year-old revealed in a chat with The Sun that he was pulled aside after referring to co-star Amber Gill – who is mixed-race – as a ‘lighty’.
While this was not broadcast, show bosses scolded Sherif for the apparent racial slur, informing him ‘you cannot use that turn again’.
ANOTHER drama: Removed Love Island contestant Sherif Lanre has admitted he got into hot water with the producers on more than one occasion before ultimately being booted from the show last week
‘I was talking about Amber to two guys. I think it was Joe and Michael. I told them, “A lighty like her would be hugely appreciated in London. Boys would be calling her all the time”.
‘About three hours later I was asked to stay behind. One of the crew told me, “You cannot use that term again”. I was like, “OK”.’
Sherif explained that he spoke to Amber about it to make sure she wasn’t offended, which, he says, she wasn’t.
‘I brought it up with Amber the following day. I said, “I got pulled up for using the term lighty. Maybe it’s a London thing and they don’t use it in other parts of the country”. But she told me, “No, we use it in Newcastle all the time. I don’t think it’s offensive”.’
Offended? .The 21-year-old revealed he was pulled aside after referring to co-star Amber Gill – who is mixed-race – as a ‘lighty’
He added: ‘I don’t think lighty is a bad term. But I can see why they don’t want you to use it on TV. Some people might get offended. I know you can’t call a black person a darky. So I guess lighty isn’t a good word either.’
On the topic of racism, a Love Island spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We would strongly refute any accusation of racism. All of the Islanders are treated fairly and in accordance with our duty of care.’
Yet Sherif has also claimed he thinks he was the victim of ‘unconscious racism’ in the villa.
The chef suggested that while he was pulled aside for making comments, other Islanders ‘got away’ with them.
He said there was an ‘inherent bias’ in producers’ minds against him.
‘Unconscious racism’: Sherif also claimed he thinks he was the victim of ‘unconscious racism’ in the villa after he was kicked out for inappropriate behaviour
He said: ‘I can’t rule out that racism was a factor here. I think there may have been some unconscious racism.
‘By that I mean, the producers might not have been aware of what they were doing, but they may have had an inherent bias in their minds that caused them to act against me.
‘I say this because there were so many things I was pulled aside on. The first was calling Amber ‘lighty,’ which I know is a poor choice of words but she did not get offended.’
Reprimanded: The chef, 20, suggested that he was pulled aside for certain comments he made during his time on the programme while other Islanders ‘got away’ with them
Opinion: Sherif said during an interview with the Sun following his departure, that he thinks there was an ‘inherent bias’ in producers’ minds against him
Sherif also claimed that he used the word ‘rape’ in a non-offensive context and was reprimanded by producers who told him that it was a banned word.
There is no suggestion that Sherif’s departure from the ITV show was linked to anything other than his behaviour.
Love Island Spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We would strongly refute any accusation of racism. All of the Islanders are treated fairly and in accordance with our duty of care.’
Revealed: The chef, 20, has finally revealed that the reason behind his shock exit from the ITV2 exit was because he kicked Molly-Mae in the groin and joked it was a ‘c*** punt’
Sweet: ‘Our relationship was just reaching a key moment when I was kicked out. I hope to see Anna again but for now they’ve ruined that romance for me — and that’s hard to take’
Sherif’s comments come after he was removed from the villa for kicking contestant kicking Molly-Mae Hague in a sensitive region.
Explaining the sequence of events that led to his removal in further detail, Sherif stated that he and Tommy went to brush their teeth before bed and were met by Molly in the bathroom.
Sherif revealed that he and Molly began play fighting and ‘acting out karate moves’ – but inevitably his ‘toes crashed into her groin and she crouched over in a defensive position.’
Confessing that he didn’t think anything was wrong, Sherif noted that they all continued laughing and joking following the accidental kick, and ‘he didn’t feel the need to apologise for his ‘c*** punt’ remark.’
Sherif claimed ITV producers woke him up two hours before everyone else, they dragged him down to the Beach Hut and then interrogated him over what had happened before asking him to leave the show.
Insta girl: Sherif also admitted that he had an instant attraction to Anna, who he recognised from social media and had previously followed her on Instagram