ITV’s Love Island host Laura Whitmore has revealed that she is leaving her position.
Since Caroline Flack, the show’s former host, passed away in 2020, the 37-year-old has hosted the well-liked dating program and its spinoff series Aftersun.
Irish Whitmore posted the news on Instagram and said: “Some news! I won’t be hosting Love Island’s upcoming season. I wish it was still feasible, but I know you’ll be in good hands. “There are several aspects of the program I’ve found very challenging that cannot be adjusted somewhat owing to the structure, such the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my other clashing projects. I just intended to stand in for Caroline for a single series, but it grew into three. I hope I did Caroline proud.
ITV spokesman said this in response to the announcement: “Laura has been a wonderful host over the last three series of the show.”
We are really appreciative of all that she has contributed to the show, but we also understand and appreciate her decision. We look forward to working with her on future ITV projects.
Love Island contestants and stars also reacted to the news. Irish model Maura Higgins, who featured on the show in 2019, said, “You will be missed,” and Tasha Ghouri, a finalist on the most recent series, said, “You smashed it!!
Finalist for 2021 Faye Winter noted that she thought Whitmore’s appointment “truly would make Flack proud.”
Along with her husband Iain Stirling, who has been providing the hilarious narration on the show since 2015, Whitmore has established herself as a mainstay on the popular dating show.
The most current season of Love Island 2022, which ended earlier this month, was won by Turkish actress Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Italian entrepreneur Davide Sanclimenti.
Whitmore was originally slated to host the two series of the show in 2023, which will air in the winter in South Africa and the summer in Majorca, according to a recent announcement from ITV.
The station has not yet announced the replacement for the Irish presenter.
Whitmore previously announced last month that she will be departing her BBC Radio 5 Live show after four years.
The television personality appears to be branching out into other endeavors as she recently announced she would be making her West End debut in the eerie drama 2:22 – A Ghost Story this September.
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