Producer SimpelZodiak and broadcaster RTL were not aware of reports of transgressive behavior made by former participants of the ‘Temptation Island: Love or Leave’ program to the Mores hotline. The media companies say this in response to an item from ‘Show news’ in which it was stated on Friday evening that several candidates had reported the aforementioned behavior during the recording of the program.
“We take that very seriously”
“We are somewhat positive that the candidates concerned are able to find the Mores.online hotline”, says SimpelZodiak. Mores.online is the joint hotline for undesirable behavior in the performing arts, film and television sector. “At the same time, we strive to ensure that candidates feel safe enough to contact us. We will always enter into discussions to clarify the situation and solve the problem together, so that we can also learn from specific situations.”
RTL also says that it was not aware of the reports to Mores, but just like the producer would like participants to report if they experience undesirable behavior during recordings. “Together with the producer, we naturally do everything we can to make the recording period go smoothly for all involved. If something does happen, we would of course prefer that participants feel safe enough to start a conversation with the producer or with us. , or with the confidential advisers. Then we can find a solution together. That always applies, even after the recordings and broadcasts.”
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From the item of Show news it was not clear what exactly would have happened during the shooting of Temptation Island: Love or Leave. It was also not stated over which period the reports were made. This is in connection with the privacy of the reporters and because of their fear of traceability. Mores.online also does not want and cannot confirm that the reports have been made due to confidentiality.
Lawyer and Show newsexpert Natascha Harlequin told the desk on Friday more broadly about what would have happened. For example, candidates were said to feel ‘manipulated’ and ‘feel pressured’, ‘their well-being was not taken seriously’ and ‘the participants were urged to drink alcohol’.
The candidates would also be afraid of fines, because they had to sign a confidentiality obligation for their participation. It does state that this does not apply to reports of undesirable behaviour, but because explicit reference is made to the producer and the broadcaster, it is not clear to the candidates whether this is also allowed with an external party such as Mores.
RTL and SimpelZodiak are clear about this in their responses. “We encourage everyone to report undesirable behavior, the penalty clause absolutely does not apply to this,” says SimpelZodiak. RTL agrees. “Let’s be very clear: participants will never be fined for making a report or for discussing something. We take that very seriously.”
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Both media parties also state that they are already doing a lot to prevent transgressive behavior during recordings. “We have a clear protocol for our reality and dating programs. This is actively discussed with our producers and regularly evaluated and refined. This stipulates, for example, that a candidate supervisor, confidential counselor and psychologist must always be available for participants and other involved parties.” says a spokesperson for RTL.