In an interview with The Sun, Sherif from 'Love Island' revealed the actual reason why he was kicked off the reality TV show.
Previously, rumours had circulated that included an alleged altercation with a male islander, to supposedly masturbating in the hot-tub or shower (which are considered public spaces in the show's rules). However, the reality is far different.
According to Sherif, the reason he was kicked off the show was for accidentally kicking Molly-Mae in the groin and then laughing about it afterwards, referring to it as a "c***-punt". The joke itself was the reason for his dismissal from the show.
"I have never used the word before and I realise how insulting it is to women. As someone raised by a strong and loving mother, I want to say that I would never intentionally offend women. I was completely wrong and I apologise," Sherif told the Sun.
The story doesn't end there, however. Sherif went on, accusing ITV and the producers of "unconscious racism," and said that had he been a white woman, he "wouldn’t have been given that red card." As Sherif tells it, when the incident happened, Molly-Mae "flinched and bent over to protect herself. Then she stood up and seemed fine and we started laughing about it."
"I turned to Tommy Fury and said, ‘That was a c*** punt. I’ve never used the word before and don’t know where it came from. I think I’ve heard other people saying it and it just popped out," Sherif explained. According to his version of events, Molly-Mae "must have heard it but didn’t seem offended so there was no need to apologise. Tommy and I went downstairs to go to bed after brushing our teeth. Molly-Mae came down two minutes later. We all said ‘good night’ and went to sleep. There’s no way she made a complaint."
Yet, the next morning at around 12PM, Sherif was interviewed by two directors from the show and told that it had been decided he had to leave the show early. "I told them we were just messing around but they said I had broken the code of conduct and it had been decided by someone high up that I had to leave," said Sherif.
As it stands, 'Love Island' and ITV have not yet made a statement on Sherif's story, and there's no talk of him returning to the show just yet. Sherif also wasn't asked if he wanted to return to the island either, which seems kind of odd because that seems like a pretty pertinent question.
'Love Island' airs on Virgin Media One at 9PM.