If 2021 has given us anything, it’s some pretty stellar television. From the most gripping BBC dramas, like Line of Duty, to the Netflix shows we couldn’t stop talking about, such as Squid Game, there’s been plenty of telly to keep us busy.
Of course, with the amount of good TV we get nowadays, there comes a lot of controversy too. TV regulatory authority Ofcom saw a rise of 124 per cent in complaints from TV viewers compared to last year, totaling at over 150,000 negative reports.
But can you guess which TV moments were the most controversial? Without further ado, these are the top 10 most complained about TV moments of 2021…
1. Piers Morgan’s disbelief of Meghan Markle’s mental health – Good Morning Britain
You might not be surprised to see Piers Morgan features a few times in this list, as does Good Morning Britain. The former host’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey took the top spot for the most complained about TV moment of the year. In particular, the complaints rolled in about Piers saying he ‘didn’t believe a word’ when Meghan opened up to Oprah about her mental health struggles. He later stormed off the Good Morning Britain set while filming and eventually quit.
2. Faye’s explosive argument with Teddy – Love Island
As much as Love Island occupies a big part of our lives during the summer, it doesn’t come without its fair share of dodgy scenes. The episode in question aired on 6 August and received 24,921 complaints. The majority of the people who wrote in mentioned Faye Winter’s aggressive argument with her partner on the show, Teddy Soares.
In an episode that followed, Faye apologised to Teddy and said: ‘I am really sorry for the way I spoke to you. There’s no excuse for the way I spoke to you or how I raised my voice and no one should have someone speak to them like that.’ And now, the couple are still together.
3. Celebrities: What’s happened to your face?
Channel 5 released a two-part TV series called Celebrities: What’s happened to your face? which received 7,125 complaints to Ofcom. Stars such as Simon Cowell and Charlotte Crosby featured in the episodes, which looked into the ‘facial flaws of the famous’ (according to its tagline).
Charlotte stood up for herself on Instagram by posting a lengthy statement, explaining the dangers and insensitivity of the show.
4. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey
Much of the nation – and world – tuned in to ITV on 8 March to watch Meghan and Prince Harry sit down with broadcasting legend Oprah, and spill the beans on their side of the story. The interview received 6,486 complaints to Ofcom.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed their decision to step down as active members of the royal family and their move to the US. Prince Harry mentioned feelings of being ‘trapped’ in the royal family, while Meghan opened up about having suicidal thoughts. It was also revealed that someone in the royal family had made comments about the colour of Archie’s skin.
5. The Casa Amor postcard – Love Island
Yep, Love Island is back on the list and it’s to do with Faye and Teddy, again. The episode which aired on 28 July received 4,337 complaints and featured the women in the main villa seeing a postcard from Casa Amor. The postcard showed pictures of what the men were up to, including a snap of Teddy kissing Casa Amor contestant Clarisse Juliettè. Those who wrote in thought it was an attempt to sabotage Faye and Teddy’s relationship.
6. Dr Hilary on vaccinations – Lorraine
Lorraine’s episode on the 6 December sparked 3,769 complaints from viewers, after Dr Hilary Jones said ’90 per cent of people in hospital are unvaccinated’ for Covid-19.
7. Piers Morgan’s comments on Charlotte Hawkins’ outfit – Good Morning Britain
This episode, in which Piers commented on his co-host Charlotte Hawkins’ outfit, aired on 9 March. He pointed out her ‘miniskirt’ and asked her to stand up to show the viewers what she was wearing. Receiving 3,249 complaints, the episode also featured Piers clashing with presenter Alex Beresford over the Meghan and Harry interview and walking off set.
8. Dr Hilary criticises fake Covid-19 leaflet – Good Morning Britain
Yet another one for Dr Hilary and Good Morning Britain. This time, Dr Hilary criticised a fake leaflet about Covid and host Richard Madeley then tore it up. The episode received 2,632 complaints.
9. ‘Ditching unvaccinated friends’ – Good Morning Britain
This controversial section of the TV show aired on 1 June and was titled ‘Ditching unvaccinated friends?’ The feature received 2,104 complaints.
10. ‘How to lose the lockdown pounds’ – This Morning
The segment of This Morning that sparked outrage was called ‘How to lose the lockdown pounds’. Showing on 26 February, 1,942 complaints were made when hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary spoke to Dr Michael Mosley about weight-loss tactics, such as only eating 800-1,000 calories a day.