Love Island viewers were taken aback earlier this year when Laura Whitmore dropped the bombshell that she will be leaving her role as presenter of the popular program before the winter season of 2023.
While the reason for her departure was initially unclear and was attributed to the job’s frequent travel requirements, Whitmore has now revealed that the nature of the role, and the fact that she would “have to go quiet” rather than offering to “support” or “not support” the contestants, was a major factor in her decision.
Whitmore said to Psychologies magazine: “As a host, there was only so much I could do – I couldn’t back them or not support them. Nothing came out of my mouth. So you have to stay silent, which was difficult for me since I like having those chats.”
“If I could [have done] things the way I wanted to, I’d probably still be doing it,” she concluded.
Previously, Whitmore announced her departure from the dating show in an Instagram post with the caption “Some news! It has been decided that I will not host the next season of Love Island. There are several aspects of the program that I have found to be extremely tough, but owing to the structure, there is little that can be done to alter them. One of these aspects is the constant traveling to South Africa, which is made more difficult by the fact that I have other competing projects.”
“I wish it was still possible but know youll be in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a season and it turned into three seasons. I hope I did you proud Caroline.”
Maya Jama, who was seen in a small preview for the next winter season earlier this week, will be taking over as host for the new season, which will premiere later this year.
Jama made the following statement when it was announced that she will be the new host: “I’ve been watching Love Island since it first aired, and now that I’ll be hosting one of the most popular programs in the country, I can’t contain my excitement! When I finally go inside the villa, I can’t wait to finally meet all of the other islanders.”
Although the start date of the next season has not been made public just yet, it is anticipated that it will begin in the month of January 2023. Additionally, it is anticipated that there will be a summer season in the following year.
Previous Season: Love Island USA Season 4
Upcoming Season: Love Island USA Season 5
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