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A Place In The Sun’s Lee Juggurnauth turns down Love Island ‘Mockery of people of colour’

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A Place In The Sun’s Lee Juggurnauth spoke candidly about his dating life in a new podcast, as the Channel 4 presenter gave an insight into his own personal experiences. The model and clothing designer also dished on his reasons for turning down an offer to appear on ITV2’s reality series Love Island.

The 34-year-old revealed that he has been asked to appear in the dating series, which sees groups of individuals holed up together in a holiday home as they attempt to find their perfect match.

Speaking to The Three podcast with host Azalea Reason, the property expert dished on his own dating life and the difficulties he has faced, stating he wouldn’t be making an appearance on Love Island in the near future.

Lee said he thought the programme “mocked people of colour”.

Discussing interracial relationships, Azalea asked: “Do you have those sorts of considerations now since you became a campaigner and activist in so many ways for people of different backgrounds.

“Do those thoughts still enter your head?”

Lee replied: “I think even more so when it comes to dating. I think it’s one of those things where I’m so glad to see if you look socially, mixed relationships, mixed marriages, it’s becoming more common.

“I look at my own family and there’s a lot of mixed couples, mixed relationships and mixed children. I think it’s becoming a bit more normal.

“However, as an individual and being a brown man in this day and age, it is hard.”

He continued: “For me personally, I can only speak from my own experience. I can’t speak for black guys or brown guys. But it’s always hard.

“If I want to compare it to shows like Love Island, the brown guy, the black guy, the black girl, and the brown girl will always come out last.

“I’ve been offered to go on that show two or three times and there are a lot of reasons why I wouldn’t do it.”

Lee went on: “For one, my mum will kill me. But fundamentally it’s like a mockery of people of colour.”

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The Channel 4 presenter also explained that he been approached to take part in the US reality series, The Bachelor, which he turned down for the same reason last year.

He added: “Dating is hard for a person of colour. It really, really is.”

Love Island came under fire last year after Leanne Amaning was picked last by a show contestant during the first episode, with viewers pointing out an ethnic minority contestant was the final choice for the fourth time.

In the 2019 series, Yewande Biala was picked last, while Samira Mighty and Malin Andersson were also chosen at the end of their series.

At the time, show representatives dismissed any claims of racism, stating: “Love Island refutes any suggestion of racism in the strongest possible terms.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Love Island representatives for comment.

Lee, who is a former runner in the music industry, carved out a name for himself in the entertainment industry after working with the likes of Take That, Lulu and Billy Ocean.

The A Place In The Sun presenter has one hand firmly in the property market, having bought and sold projects both at home and abroad for over a decade.

The new presenter boasts an impressive portfolio that features abodes in London, Ibiza and Mauritius.

Lee has previously shared his excitement at joining the Channel 4 programme, saying: “I can’t wait to help house hunters turn their dream into a reality.”

He has also modelled for brands such as Samsung and launched his own sustainable menswear line in the summer, donating the proceeds to UNICEF.

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