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The Circle asks viewers not to bully players on social media

·2-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

The Circle will announce the winner of its third season tonight (April 9), but the Channel 4 series has issued a warning to viewers about the contestants ahead of the show's final.

Earlier this week, the reality show asked fans to remember the premise of The Circle, reminding audiences that the players are "real people" who are simply playing "an incredible game."

Related: The response to The Circle's Manrika highlights a huge problem

In a statement shared on Wednesday, The Circle said in a Twitter post: "Only 2 sleeps until #TheCircle final & as much as we love reading light-hearted, lively conversation online, please remember that #TheCircle is a game show & the Players are real people who are playing an incredible game.

"We hope you enjoy the rest of the series with us."

The Circle's plea to viewers follows a wave of online abuse targeted at contestant Manrika, whose tactics on the series have divided those watching at home in recent weeks.

Ahead of tonight's final, The Circle ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, where it was revealed that the latest highest-rated player would become a "super secret influencer" with the power to block one other player without being identified.

As Andy came to terms with his new-found power, the player admitted that his decision would not be an "easy" one.

"Every one of us is desperate to get to the final," he said.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Related: The Circle's secret super influencer gets massive advantage ahead of final

Thinking over his approach to the show's final block, Andy continued: "I suppose it does give me the power to play the game.

"I could play in tactics, so if I just neutralise someone that I think could win, I could enable myself to be more likely to win the 100 grand."

Who will win The Circle's cash prize? We'll find out soon enough.

The Circle concludes tonight (April 9) at 10pm on Channel 4.

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