Loose Women on ITV attracted 8,002 complains, of which 7,912 related to the incident between panelist Coleen Nolan and guest Kim Woodburn. The How Clean Is Your House? presenter walked out of the studio in tears after an attempt to end their feud ended in disaster.
Ofcom is now investigating both programmes to determine whether potentially offensive content was editorially justified and placed into appropriate context.
Ofcom’s ‘top ten’ for 2018 is a selection of particularly controversial moments, dominating the stats and accounting for more than 47,000 complaints and 85% of the total for the year.
In third place is Sky News, with 4,251 complaints – of which 3,462 allege bias in the editing of a Tommy Robinson interview on 27th September.
Ofcom also received 4,192 complaints about Love Island, of which 2,644 related to Dani Dyer’s reaction when shown a video of boyfriend Jack reacting to his former partner entering Casa Amour. A further 632 raised concerns about the emotional wellbeing of islander Laura Anderson, and 540 related to “perceived unfair editing” of contestant Samira Mighty.
Completing the rankings are I’m A Celebrity, The X Factor, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Good Morning Britain and This Morning.
The watchdog said in a statement: “Ofcom is responsible for securing standards on television and radio to protect audiences from harm. Each complaint made to Ofcom is carefully assessed against our broadcasting rules to determine whether further action against the broadcaster might be necessary.”