Sherif Lanre Makes First TV Appearance To Explain Being Kicked Off 'Love Island'
Love Island's Sherif Lanre has reflected on his relationship with Anna Vakili following his sudden exit from the ITV2 series for accidentally kicking Molly-Mae Hague in the groin.
The 20-year-old said that he never got to explain to Anna, who he was coupled up with in the Villa, why he was unexpectedly booted off the show after producers brought him to the Beach Hut to discuss the incident two hours before the rest of the contestants woke up.
Reality star Sherif admitted that leaving the villa without an explanation "wasn't fair" on the pharmacist and he would like to set the record straight with Anna once she's back in the UK.
Appearing on Monday's Victoria Derbyshire Show, he said: "I feel bad that my way removal was handled. It left everyone confused.
"It wasn't fair on her. I'm not sure if they told her why I left, but I do want to catch up with her and set the record straight."
During his first TV appearance since the furore, Sherif also claimed black contestants get less air time but do more to "keep the villa together" - something ITV strongly refute.
He said: "I'm not gonna point any fingers but in the casting they expect you to couple up with certain people based on what you've said or what they think is the norm.
"The air time which contestants of my race and similar was very disproportionate to our value in the villa. We did more to keep the villa together and socially.
"I do feel statistically they do get less air time, why that is is down to the people in charge. They want to give the viewers what they feel they want."
The reality said he felt there was an "unconscious bias" towards men on the ITV2 series.
"I feel that the people who are in charge of the show have an unconscious bias around rules and regulations for boys and girls and different races," he claimed.
"I feel like there's a lot less of a rope for men, you can get pulled up on things a lot easier."
The comments come a day after Sherif put an end to speculation about his shock exit from the ITV2 show and explained that he was booted out after accidentally kicking Molly-Mae in the groin.
The chef said that the influencer appeared to be in pain at first but laughed the incident off after.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Sherif revealed: "I did kick Molly-Mae in the groin area but it was an accident and she 100 per cent was not injured afterwards.
"She did appear to be in pain at first but then she stood up and seemed fine and we started laughing about it."
Giving further detail about the incident, Sherif revealed that he and Molly had been "acting out karate moves" but inevitably his "toes crashed into her groin and she crouched over in a defensive position."
Sherif said while he checked to see if she was OK, he turned and joked to Tommy: "That's a c*** punt" and the trio continued joke around following the comment, which he believed he didn't need to apologise for.
The Londoner claimed ITV producers woke him up two hours before everyone else the following morning and interrogated him over what had happened in the Beach Hut before they sent him home "without a chance to say goodbye or pack my bags."
Speaking about his "c*** punt" joke, Sherif admitted he had never used the saying before and that it had "just popped out" and expressed remorse.
The chef took to Instagram Stories on Wednesday thanking his fans for their support: "Thank you to everyone including my friends and family for the support I've come back to.
"I appreciate you all and hope I provided some good, positive moments during my time on Love Island and for anyone wondering I'm all good."
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