WE CALLED it!
Love Island fans lamenting the loss of Caroline Flack as the host of the popular ITV reality show can rest assured that the future of the show is in good hands, as Irish actress and presenter Laura Whitmore has today been confirmed to be taking over.
As we reported yesterday, Whitmore, who has been dating the show's narrator Iain Stirling since 2017, was the bookies' favourite to take the position after she had reportedly been in 'secret talks' with ITV bosses.
Today ITV2 released a statement confirming that Whitmore would be on board for the show's return on the 12th of January 2020, calling her "the best person for the job" and saying "Whilst Caroline is away, we know that Love Island will be in very safe hands."
Whitmore herself said "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. 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. 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!”
Former presenter Caroline Flack stepped down as the presenter after she was charged with the assault of her partner, saying she did not want to "detract attention from the upcoming series".