The Island 2017 fans slam 'bullying' contestants after shock episode

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Fans of The Island 2017 have branded the show's contestants bullies after tonight's latest episode.

The Island with Bear Grylls became more like Big Brother tonight when Jane Gates decided to put herself in charge and start a vote to get fellow Islander Phil Coates kicked off the show.

The cameraman from Yorkshire was accused of being lazy and angered the group after using precious olive oil to start a fire rather than for food.

Some members of The Island also accused Phil of being "inappropriate" for getting naked on the beach - although viewers pointed out that the girls did just the same last week.

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Indeed, those watching were not fans of most of the Islanders who voted to kick Phil off the island in a first for the Channel 4 series.

"Oh my god how is this even happening !!!!! Bullying of the worst kind 😡since when was this big brother !!!!!! #TheIsland" one viewer posted on Twitter.

Another wrote: "Disgusting episode, they should all be ashamed of themselves! Bullying someone off the programme!"

Former police officer Jane in particular came under attack from fans, with one posting during the episode: "#TheIsland Jane is a vile human....controlling b***h!!"

A second added: "What disgusting behaviour Jane & Karen you're Both a disgrace to women (& the police) biggest bullies there #TheIsland"

And one fan quipped that the viewers should also get a vote.

"What a horrible group of people, can we vote Jane off now?? #cow #TheIsland" they wrote.

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Although there was nothing to stop Phil staying, he respected the decision and left the show, much to the delight of the rest of the group.

Phil is the second of this year's 16 castaways to leave, following 18-year-old Freddie Wilson, a gap year student from Argyll who voluntarily quit last Monday.

The Island with Bear Grylls airs Monday nights at 9PM on Channel 4.

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