Laura Whitmore seen for first time since quitting Love Island

Laura QUITmore! Beaming presenter is seen for the first time since announcing she has left her Love Island hosting gig – blaming the ‘format of the show’

  • Laura announced that she is quitting Love Island and will not be returning to host the next series of the ITV2 dating show 
  • The Irish presenter, 37, joined Love Island back in 2020 and has hosted the hugely popular reality TV show for three series 
  • On Monday, Laura took to Instagram to confirm that she would be leaving the show, saying she has found flying back and forth from the villa ‘difficult’ 
  • Laura said she was only planning to fill in for Caroline Flack for one series, emotionally saying that she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’
  • The TV presenter’s stint on the ITV2 dating show received mixed reviews this season; some viewers praised her handling of sensitive topics
  • Others criticised her for ‘encouraging slut-shaming’ in a segment which sparked 427 Ofcom complaints 
  • Latest news and updates on all of your favourite Love Island contestants

She announced she has quit her job as ITV2’s Love Island host on Monday with an Instagram post, blaming, in part, the format of the show. 

And Laura Whitmore, 37, was seen smiling on Tuesday morning as she was pictured for the first time since announcing the news. 

Laura is set to star as Jenny in theatre show 2:22 A Ghost Story next month and was clutching a script in her hand as she arrived at rehearsals. 

Laura QUITmore! Beaming presenter Whitmore was seen for the first time since announcing she has left her Love Island hosting gig as she arrived at theatre rehearsals

New career move! Laura is set to star as Jenny in theatre show 2:22 A Ghost Story next month

She was casually dressed, wearing a cosy looking jumper and black trousers with trainers, wearing her hair up in a fuss-free pony.

She carried a coffee cup in hand and hid her eyes behind designer shades as she prepared to get stuck into her next career move. 

The outing comes after fans already started speculating as to who will take over from Laura’s role on Love Island. 

After three series, the Irish TV star confirmed that she was walking away from the hugely popular ITV2 show which she took over as host of from her late friend Caroline Flack.

Learning her lines: She was casually dressed, wearing a cosy looking jumper and black trousers with trainers, wearing her hair up in a fuss-free pony

Anyone’s guess: The outing comes after fans already started speculating as to who will take over from Laura’s role on Love Island

Who will it be? And fans have thrown big names from British telly into the mix, including AJ Odudu , Emily Atack and this year’s winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu

And fans have thrown big names from British telly into the mix, including AJ Odudu, Emily Atack and this year’s winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu.

Fans of the hit show took to Twitter within seconds of the announcement to share who they hope will take over from her – with Bristol born beauty Maya Jama a runaway favourite with fans. 

‘So Laura Whitmore is stepping down from #LoveIsland – can someone clear @MayaJama ‘s diary for the winter and summer please,’ one said. 

Another wrote: ‘Maya Jama should host love island. She was in the line up of who would host it when Caroline flack left before the first winter one started #loveisland.’


In with the new: Maya Jama is among the rumoured names who could resent the next series of Love Island after Laura Whitmore (left) quit her job as the presenter of the ITV2 show

Popular choice: Another contender among fans is Emily Atack, who stars on Celebrity Juice with Laura

Popular: Another runner for the coveted title was AJ Odudu as one fan tweeted: ‘I can already imagine her strutting into the villa ready to unleash the DRAMA’

A third suggested: ‘Petition for @MayaJama to be the new love island host #loveisland.’

Another contender among fans is Emily Atack, who stars on Celebrity Juice with Laura, with one fan declaring ‘she is definitely going to be in the running’ as they pointed out her long history with ITV. 

Another runner for the coveted title was AJ Odudu as one fan tweeted: ‘Also please add in @AJOdudu as an option to present #LoveIsland thanks. I can already imagine her strutting into the villa ready to unleash the DRAMA.’ 

Host: Irish presenter Laura, 37, joined Love Island back in 2020 and has hosted the hugely popular reality TV show for three series

One AJ fan pointed out the presenter has experience hosting live reality TV shows as she hosted the Married At First Sight UK spin-off last year.

Laura joined Love Island back in 2020 and has hosted the hugely popular reality TV show and its spin-off programme Aftersun for three series.

On Monday, Laura – who is mother to a 16-month-old daughter with Love Island voiceover star Iain Sterling – took to her Instagram to confirm that she would be leaving, saying she has found flying back and forth from the villa ‘very difficult’.

The TV presenter’s stint on the ITV2 dating show received mixed reviews this season; some viewers praised her handling of sensitive topics, while others criticised her for ‘encouraging slut-shaming’ in a segment which sparked 427 Ofcom complaints.

The summer series of Love Island is based in Mallorca, while the winter installment is filmed in South Africa. 

Laura replaced Caroline Flack as the presenter of Love Island when she stood down in December 2019. Caroline tragically took her own life aged 40 in February 2020. 

In her statement, Laura said she was only planning to fill in for Caroline for one series, emotionally saying that she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’. 

Taking to Instagram, Laura said: ‘Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love island. 

Leaving: But on Monday, Laura took to her Instagram to confirm that she would be leaving the show, saying she has found flying back and forth from the villa ‘very difficult’

‘There are certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult that cannot be changed some due to the format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects. 

‘I wish it was still possible but know you’ll be in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a series and it turned into 3 series. I hope I did you proud Caroline.’

Speaking of Laura’s exit, an ITV spokesperson said: ‘Laura has been a fantastic host across the last three series of the show. 

‘We are so grateful for everything she has brought to the programme but understand and respect her decision, and we look forward to working with her on upcoming ITV projects.’ 

Tribute: Laura said she was only planning to fill in for former host Caroline Flack – who took her own life in February 2020 – for one series, saying she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’

ITV have not announced who will be replacing Laura as the show’s host for the upcoming winter series of Love Island at the start of 2023. 

Following Laura’s Instagram announcement, her celebrity pals and former Love Island stars were quick to take to the comments to heap her with praise.

Former contestant Faye Winter said: ‘She really would be proud! You done incredibly.’ 

And Love Islander Demi Jones added: ‘You were incredible! We’ll miss you.’

While Vicky Pattison gushed: ‘You did wonderful mate!! You’ll be missed.’ 

Her exit from the show comes after Laura opened up about the ‘exhausting’ and ‘tough’ aspects of hosting Love Island, according to The Mirror.

She told the Distraction Pieces podcast: ‘With stuff with Love Island, it’s just a bit exhausting sometimes because some of the stuff is just mental.

‘As a host, this takes up not a huge amount of my time compared to my other work. It’s over eight weeks.

‘The host only comes on three or four times, it’s always been the way, but it gets the most attention. It’s a bit exhausting and it’s tough.’

Laura – who shares daughter Stevie Ré with Love Island narrator husband Iain Stirling – took over as Love Island host for the 2020 winter series in South Africa.

She has since hosted series seven and eight of the ITV2 dating show, with the latest series seeing Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti crowned as winners earlier this month. 

The presenter previously hosted I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW! for five series starting in 2011 while she was also a Eurovision commentator in 2014.

Laura also competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, but was the fifth celebrity to be voted out.

The model is making a change in her career as she is set to make her West End debut as Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story in September.

Lily Allen, Tom Felton, Mandip Gill and Giovanna Fletcher have previously starred in the popular theatre production, with Laura set to perform alongside Felix Scott, Tamsin Carroll and Matt Willis.

Couple: Laura shares a daughter Stevie Ré with her husband Iain Stirling (both pictured in November), who is the Love Island narrator 

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