Laura Whitmore is CONFIRMED as Caroline Flack Love Island replacement

‘I wish it was in better circumstances’: Laura Whitmore is CONFIRMED as Caroline Flack’s Love Island replacement… as she reveals ‘brilliant’ host ‘pushed for her to get the job’

  • The long-time host, 40, stepped down from her Love Island hosting role after a fight with her boyfriend Lewis Burton led to a charge for assault last week 
  • After much speculation and an exclusive report from MailOnline, ITV confirmed the Irish host, 34, will replace her on the upcoming ‘winter’ series
  • Laura’s boyfriend Iain Stirling is the voiceover for the hit show 
  • In her official statement, Laura referenced her friendship with the star and confessed the circumstances were bittersweet 
  • Following the announcement, Caroline penned a statement on her Instagram, in which she revealed she is ‘trying to keep her head above water’ 

ITV have confirmed Laura Whitmore will replace Caroline Flack as Love Island host.

Following Caroline’s arrest and charge for assault after a fight with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, last Thursday, the star, 40, announced earlier that she was set to step down as presenter for the sixth season of the show.   

On Friday morning, Laura was announced as host, with the Irish star, 34, taking to both social media and releasing an official statement to confirm the news, which was revealed exclusively by MailOnline on Wednesday. 

She's in! ITV have confirmed Laura Whitmore will replace Caroline Flack as Love Island host

She’s in! ITV have confirmed Laura Whitmore will replace Caroline Flack as Love Island host

Laura shared a snap on Instagram of a water bottle adorned with her name – one of the hallmarks of the show and a prop given to all contestants. 

Referencing both her friendship with Caroline and the host’s efforts to get her the job, Laura said in her statement: ‘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…

Happy days! Taking to both social media and in an official statement, the Irish star confirmed the news which MailOnline revealed exclusively on Wednesday

Happy days! Taking to both social media and in an official statement, the Irish star confirmed the news which MailOnline revealed exclusively on Wednesday

Here come the girls: Laura and Caroline are long-time pals and Laura revealed the long-time host pushed for her to get the job (pictured in 2013)

Here come the girls: Laura and Caroline are long-time pals and Laura revealed the long-time host pushed for her to get the job (pictured in 2013)

‘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!’

Shortly after the announcement, Caroline took to Instagram to pen: ‘I’m glad it’s Laura… She loves the show as much as I do… again… 

Open and honest: Shortly after the announcement, Caroline took to Instagram to pen: 'I'm glad it's Laura... She loves the show as much as I do... again'

Open and honest: Shortly after the announcement, Caroline took to Instagram to pen: ‘I’m glad it’s Laura… She loves the show as much as I do… again’

‘Thank you for your continuous messages of support… it’s a really rough time… but I’m doing all I can to keep my head above water and sort this all out… 

Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer, said: ‘I’m delighted that Laura is able to step in this winter on ITV2’s biggest show. 

She is the best person for the job and is a popular and experienced presenter of live television. Whilst Caroline is away, we know that Love Island will be in very safe hands.’

Happy days! Laura's boyfriend Iain Stirling is the voiceover for the show

Happy days! Laura’s boyfriend Iain Stirling is the voiceover for the show 

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