Love Island creator wants to launch a 'gay version' of the show

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Love Island's creator has said he'd like to launch a 'gay version' of the hit dating series.

TV producer Richard Cowles suggested adding a mix of LGBT contestants to the current series would be "difficult", but a second stand-alone show could work.

Speaking to The Times, he explained: "I would like to see what a gay version of the show would be but trying to mix the two would be difficult.

"You are trying to create couples. It is not impossible and it is not something that we shy away from . . . but there is a logistical element which makes it difficult."

According to reports earlier this year, Love Island producers were keen to diversify the line up of singletons in future.

Although all of this year's current cast are apparently heterosexual, Love Island has seen some LGBT representation in the past albeit rather brief.

Last year's series saw bisexual Katie Salmon couple up with Sophie Gradon in the show's first ever same-sex pairing.

However they didn't last together long before breaking up after a messy love triangle.

This week the Daily Star claimed that TV chiefs are keen to represent the LGBT community more in future.

"The heterosexual couples this year have been amazing entertainment. But there is a feeling among producers that there could be more representation of the LGBT community," a source told the tabloid.

They added: "In 2017, they know they can't go on forever pretending the gay community doesn't exist. It's only a matter of time."

A spokesperson for Love Island told the Daily Mirror newspaper that the show was not just for heterosexual couples.

"The main stipulation for Love Island applicants is that they are single and looking for love, and we are open to all possibilities," they said.

Love Island 2017 continues nightly on ITV2.

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