LOVE Island bosses have “no intention” of axing “bloodthirsty” big game hunter Ollie Williams from the line-up ahead of tonight’s launch.
Yesterday, The Sun Online revealed that the show’s posh millionaire is a big game hunter who has posed with an array of dead animals he’d killed in Africa.
Animal-loving fans have been left outraged by the shock revelation, even launching a petition to urge producers to axe him from the villa before he has even entered.
But a source told the Daily Mail: “It is highly unlikely Ollie will be booted off the series. He’s part of the lineup and already filmed the first episode bosses see no reason to kick him off.
“Love Island cast Ollie out of thousands of applicants and are sticking to their decision.
“They’re hoping this will all blow over once the audience gets to know Ollie after seeing him on screen.”
The Sun Online has contacted Love Island for comment.
Last night a petition called‘Remove Ollie Williams from Winter Love Island for Trophy Hunting!’ had thousands of signatures on change.org, with the description concluding with: “Ollie Williams should not be allowed to take part or compete in the Love Island series and he should not be allowed on a such a public platform.”
Others have taken to social media to share their disgust, with one tweeting: “Absolutely disgusted that Ollie Williams is allowed to take part in the show.
“Trophy hunting is a vile ‘sport’. Bad move putting an animal killer on the show.
“I was looking forward to this series but I certainly wont be watching unless hes removed from the show.”
Another agreed: “I hope @LoveIsland wont allow this to be associated with their brand.
“Hunting and animal cruelty CAN’T be glorified by the mainstream entertainment shows, if only by association.”
A third raged: “Despicable. @ITV should kick him off @LoveIsland”.
How @LoveIsland can let that Ollie Williams in the villa for fame when theres pictures of him enjoying hunting trips in South Africa is beyond me, losing millions of animals in Australia at the moment meanwhile promoting someone who purposely kills animals for fun #SortItOut
— Alix (@AlixCrown) January 11, 2020
So @LoveIsland @ITV Am I right in thinking you will not be allowing this waste of oxygen any where near our screens? HUNTING IS NOT A SPORT!!!
Poor little rich kid run out of toys to play with so decides to shoot and pose with defenceless animals https://t.co/yHJ24A50SK
— charlene (@charlenemckeown) January 11, 2020
Petition to get that trophy hunting C**t booted off love island!@itv2 @ITV #LoveIsland #olliewilliams
— Katie Charles (@_katie_c) January 11, 2020
Please @LoveIsland do NOT let Ollie stay in the villa #LoveIsland #disgusting #TrophyHunting
— Elina APL (@elinaAPL) January 11, 2020
Disappointed in @ITV allowing Ollie Williams into the love island villa when there are photos of him posing with dead animals hes killed for fun #notgettingmyvote #LoveIsland #LoveIsland2020
— Jessica Powell (@jessiep95) January 11, 2020
Honestly if @LoveIsland still airs with Ollie in it, definitely not watching winter or summer series again. How you let someone on air who destroys animals for fun is disgusted, @itv2 should be ashamed!
— Georgena (@georgenaaa) January 11, 2020
The Sun Online previously told how the viscount-in-waiting, heir to the 2,000-acre Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall, has travelled to several foreign destinations to take part in hunts even shooting endangered animals.
In now-deleted snaps, Ollie, 23, proudly poses beside a warthog, water buffalo and giant eland to promote his hunting business Cornish Sporting Agency.
The giant eland a type of antelope has been listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
It has already vanished from The Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo.
In one of the photos, the reality star is seen kneeling and grinning beside a dead beast with the caption: “Youve gotta love it when you put your binos up and see a bull like this on the other end!
“Another happy client with his awesome eland bull! Enquire on the website today!”
The Instagram account was deleted before it was announced Ollie would be in the new series of Love Island, starting on ITV2 tomorrow night.
The website for the agency, which was taken offline in November 2018, offered tailor-made hunting trips to Mozambique and South Africa, as well as bird shooting in the South West of England and deer stalking in New Zealand.
A source close to Ollie claimed that the hunting had been conservation work and that he had been “culling sick animals”.
They said: “It is categorically untrue to suggest Ollie is involved in hunting for sport. Ollie is a passionate conservationist and worked with an anti-poaching unit in Mozambique.
“Conservation is crucial to the survival of animals and as part of that work Ollie was involved in the culling of sick animals who were a threat to the health of the herd.
“There is a very big and important difference between trophy hunting and the conversation work Ollie has previously been involved in.
“At no point has Ollie organised or booked anybody to go to Africa to shoot game.”
Adventurer and TV presenter Ben Fogle said: “I have spent many years exploring the subject of big game animal hunting.
“And, although it is often excused by hunters as a tool for conservation, I find it difficult to stomach the notion of hunting for pleasure.
“I find it hard to relate to people who would pay money to kill a beautiful creature.”
He added: “I dont think it is respectful to pose next to a dead animal that you have just shot. Wheres the empathy in that?”
The Sun Online have contacted a Love Island rep for comment.