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Channel 5 pulls episode of plastic surgery two-parter following backlash

ViacomCBS-owned, UK broadcaster Channel 5 has pulled a factual program concerning celebrities and plastic surgery following a raft of complaints from viewers and from one of the subjects. Charlotte Crosby, former ...
April 27, 2021

ViacomCBS-owned, UK broadcaster Channel 5 has pulled a factual program concerning celebrities and plastic surgery following a raft of complaints from viewers and from one of the subjects.

Charlotte Crosby, former star of UK reality series Geordie Shore and a cast member on an edition of Celebrity Big Brother, was a focal point of an episode airing last Thursday (April 22) of the two-part C5 series Celebrities: What Happened to Your Face, produced by London-headquartered Crackit Productions. In the series, members of the medical profession and assorted show business pundits analyze and comment upon the appearances of four celebrities: Crosby, Madonna, Simon Cowell, and Sylvester Stallone.

Crosby, for her part, said via social media posts last week that she was first made aware of plans for the program in March of last year via her agent. Crosby says her agent “very clearly outlined to Crackit Productions not just how immoral and insensitive it was but how detrimental this would be to my mental health.” Crosby also said that she only found out the program was still going ahead via the TV listings.

Terms she cites in her social media post that she says were said in the episode by the assorted commentators include “rubber lips” and “plastic face.”

“Broadcasters are so keen to do psych tests for shows, yet at the same time give space to programs which destroy the mental health of its [sic] subjects,” she added in her post. She also referenced the renewed attention to duty of care for unscripted program participants following the death by suicide of former Love Island┬ápresenter Carolyn Flack last summer.

In a statement issued to the media, Channel 5 issued an apology for “any upset caused.”

“Channel 5 and the program’s producers, Crackit Productions, take duty of care very seriously,” the network maintained via its statement.

“While we acknowledge that the program was Ofcom compliant, we have taken on board Charlotte’s feedback and removed the episode from our streaming platform My5.”

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