A former MTV reality TV star has revealed she felt pressured into having sex on screen.
Jess Impiazzi, who starred on several series of the dating programme Ex On The Beach, has described the show as a “brothel” and recalls being told to “hook up with someone” on the programme.
“I had a producer say, ‘Lots of shagging tonight please girls,’ and I thought, ‘I need to leave now,’” she told BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on Monday.
“You feel like you’re in a brothel. It made me feel really cheap… these were all random guys.”
Impiazzi, who was 27 when she was cast on the show that sees singletons reunite with their ex-partners on the beach, explained that she knew what the premise of the show was, but “never said, ‘I will come on this show and behave in that way.’”
The now-30-year-old recalls “begging” producers not to air footage of her having sex with her boyfriend when she was drunk.
“I cried my eyes out. I said, ‘Please don’t show this,’” she remembers.
However, Farah Sattaur, who starred on the programme in 2014, said she had a very positive experience.
“Great cast members, great experience, going abroad, I love to travel,” she said, explaining how she’s enjoyed having so many opportunities as a result of the show.
“Your social media rockets,” Sattaur continued. “You can collaborate with different brands. You’re driving your career the way you want it to go.”
The stars’ comments come after the death of former Love Island star, Mike Thalassitis, who had taken part in the 10th series of Ex on the Beach.
After it was revealed that the 26-year-old had taken his own life, the network announced that it would not broadcast the series.
In a statement given to the BBC, MTV said: “ Contributors’ welfare across our programming is of paramount importance to us.
“We work with our production company partners to ensure there is an appropriate support structure for contributors and protocols in place to protect them.”
A spokesperson for Whizz Kid Entertainment, the production company behind Ex on the Beach, added that “Strict protocols around sex are in place to protect our cast.”
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