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The Surjory could be axed after Caroline Flack’s arrest following assault charges

Channel 4 says the show is not currently scheduled

Caroline Flack's The Surjury is in jeopardy after her arrest for assault.

The 40-year-old TV presenter was arrested earlier this month after a domestic dispute with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, and after stepping down as the presenter of Love Island, it is feared that her new Channel 4 show The Surjury could be in trouble.

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A source told The Sun newspaper: "Caroline’s looming court case and the bad publicity surrounding her has left a dark cloud over the show and Channel 4 do not want to associate themselves with Caroline at this time.

"It’s a devastating blow for her as it was a huge break into the mainstream.

"The Surjury was always going to be controversial and for some they feel to have Caroline hosting it would be a disastrous move right now."

Caroline hosting it would be a disastrous move right now.

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said: "The Surjury is not currently scheduled."

The previously announced premise of the show is that contestants try to convince a 12-strong jury of the public that they should be awarded pricey cosmetic surgery for free.

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The description from Channel 4 read: "From bum-lifts to nose jobs, sculpted abs to breast enlargements, The Surjury allows people to explore their choices more thoroughly."

Ross McCarthy, executive producer for show creators Gobstopper Television, previously explained: "This is a totally new way of doing peer-to-peer advice.

"Our pitchers will either get the surgery they've always wanted, or a massive boost in confidence when the public rules they don't need work at all!"

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon told Deadline: "This is not intended to be exploitative and tawdry but is bringing to the fore an important issue in society today.

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"There are huge volumes of cosmetic surgery in society and there have been shows dealing with cosmetic surgery for decades, such as Extreme Makeover.

"The question is can we create a useful discussion about what that means in society and whether the current rates of cosmetic surgery are acceptable."

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