The Idol is ending one week early after fierce backlash

'The Idol' has been met with fierce backlash over its sex scenes.



The Weeknd stars in The Idol as cult leader Tedros
The Weeknd stars in The Idol as cult leader Tedros

'The Idol' is set to end one week early.

The HBO series - which was created by 'Euphoria' writer Sam Levinson, The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) and Reza Fahim - has come under heavy criticism and even been described as "torture porn", with a lot of the controversy focusing on its explicit content.

Now, The Weeknd has confirmed the upcoming fifth episode will be the show's last.

Alongside a teaser trailer, he wrote on Instagram: "ONE MORE EPISODE @theidol Ep. 5 (sic)"

There is no official word on why an episode was cut from its planned six-episode run.

However, an insider has suggested the change was simply made as a result of editing.

The source told TV Line: "The season ended up being five episodes when it was all said and done after Sam took over and made significant changes. The story only ended up requiring five."

The final episode is called 'Jocelyn Forever', which suggests it will focus on Lily-Rose Depp's pop star character, who turns to self-help guru and cult leader Tedros (Tesfaye) after having a nervous breakdown.

Abel, 33, recently addressed the backlash and insisted the sex scenes in the show aren't meant to be "overtly sexy".

Asked in particular about a particularly graphic scene in episode two, he told GQ magazine: "No. There’s nothing sexy about it. When we use 'Basic Instinct' as a reference, we’re using Verhoeven.

"Verhoeven is the king of ‘90s satire thriller—yes, there’s moments of 'sexy' in his films but there are other moments that are very cheesy and hilarious.

"However you’re feeling watching that scene, whether it’s discomfort, or you feel gross, or you feel embarrassed for the characters.

"It’s all those emotions adding up to: This guy is in way over his head, this situation is one where he is not supposed to be here."