Channel 5 have been criticised by viewers for the “brutal” second season premiere of One Night With My Ex – especially as it aired after the much-hyped launch of the first-ever all-female Celebrity Big Brother.
The show – which reunites former couples for one night to talk things over – attracted complaints last night (January 2) after its season premiere featured a man angrily confronting his ex-girlfriend after she disclosed that she’d been on a date since their split.
The former couple, Amy and Tom, were filmed in conversation about their relationship, with Tom at one point angrily telling Amy: “I think you fucked it… You need to think very carefully about what you’re gonna say next”, before he then stormed off set.
— Channel 5 (@channel5_tv) January 2, 2018
Many viewers took issue with the confrontation on social media, with some highlighting the particularly insensitive timing of the controversial episode as it aired just after the special launch of this year’s Celebrity Big Brother.
The reality show opened its doors to a first-ever all-female house to celebrate the Year of the Woman, marking 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK.
Former Apprentice candidate and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Luisa Zissman led the condemnation of the One Night With My Ex episode, with Zissman showing concern for the well-being of Amy after the confrontation that aired on the show.
I hope someone who knows Amy has checked she is ok after that aired tonight. Tom will be fuming, genuinely worried for her mental health & her safety. If they have watched that & looked at online comments he will be so angry at her. #OneNightWithMyEx
— Luisa Zissman (@TheLuluLife) January 2, 2018
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— AoifeJane (@AweirdHeff) January 3, 2018
That bloke on there is horrific, the definition of emotional abuse is everything that comes out of his mouth. She made the right decisionfirst time round by leaving him #onenightwithmyex
— Rebecca (@bex2188) January 2, 2018
#onenightwithmyex is quite brutal. After #cbb “celebrating women” we’ve just seen a guy (Tom) completely grind down his ex girlfriend in to thinking she’s in the wrong when she did absolutely NOTHING wrong. Run Amy, run!
— Special Guest Star (@MrDCPhillips) January 2, 2018
To continue filming when you can clearly see what Tom is doing to Amy is reprehensible. You cannot play dumb in this. To be honest you should have intervened; stopped filming and passed on details of places where Tom could get help.
— Gillian Hudson (@JillHudson21) January 2, 2018