Laura Whitmore is set to host series six of the UK based reality show Love Island in 2020.
After news about Caroline Flack’s arrest after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend spread like wildfire, fans of the show called for her to be replaced as the host. ITV has officially announced that Whitmore will be taking over Flack’s place as the host for Love Island’s first-ever winter series.
ITV’s statement read, “ITV2 today announces that Laura Whitmore will host season 6 of Love Island. The show will launch on the channel on 12 January 2020.
“Laura will present the main show which airs nightly at 9pm on ITV2 as regular presenter Caroline Flack stands down for this series. Laura will also host Love Island: Aftersun, which will air on ITV2 live from London on Monday nights at 10pm.”
“The first series of the year comes from a brand new location and villa in Cape Town where a host of new Islanders will try to win the hearts of each other – and the nation – in the ultimate search for love.”
Caroline Flack also shared a statement on Instagram confirming that she is stepping down from her job. She stated, “Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for Series 6.”
“I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town,” she added.
Laura Whitmore is currently dating the hilarious narrator of Love Island, Iain Stirling. The 31-year-old Scottish comedian posted a photo with his girlfriend congratulating her on the new job. He cheekily wrote, “The new #loveisland host seems nice. I wonder if she’s single…”
Laura Whitmore also took to Instagram to stated, “I will be hosting Love Island and Aftersun this series. Whhhhaa??? To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement. I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend.”
Adding further, “We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.”
“Above all, I am a massive fan of this show,” Whitmore also mentioned. “I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new Islanders looking for love. The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance!”
Love Island‘s winter series will air on January 8, 2020.
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