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Charlotte Crosby: Channel 5 show about Geordie Shore star’s appearance sparks 7,000 Ofcom complaints

Reality TV star branded programme ‘immoral and insensitive’

Isobel Lewis
Wednesday 28 April 2021 17:08
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Ofcom has announced that it received more than 7,000 complaints about a Channel 5 documentary discussing Charlotte Crosby’s plastic surgery.

Last week, the former Geordie Shore star condemned an episode of two-part series Celebrities: What’s Happened to Your Face?, in which a panel “dissected” her appearance and surgical procedures.

Crosby said that she had gone through “personal trauma & issues of self-confidence in the spotlight” and claimed that her agent had told the production team “how detrimental this would be to my mental health”, but alleged that they were “ignored”.

In a lengthy post, she wrote: “In 2021, a main UK channel & production company believed it would be a good use of airtime, to dissect my physical appearance.

“That hour could have been used to host a mental health documentary. That hour could have educated the public in the many issues & good causes which need publicity.”

Ofcom has now confirmed that 7,082 complaints were made following the programme airing.

Channel 5 later apologised, pulling the episode from repeats and streaming. In a statement shared with The Independent, they said: “Channel 5 and the programme’s producers, Crackit Productions, take duty of care very seriously. 

“While we acknowledge that the programme was Ofcom compliant, we have taken on board Charlotte’s feedback and removed the episode from our streaming platform My5. We apologise for any upset caused.”

The first episode of the controversial series looked at Madonna and Simon Cowell as its subjects.

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