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Laura Whitmore has announced that she is leaving Love Island and will not be returning to host the next series of the ITV2 dating show.
The Irish presenter, 37, joined Love Island in 2020, hosting the hugely popular reality TV show and spin-off program Aftersun for three series.
Laura took to her Instagram on Monday to confirm she would be leaving the show and said she found flying back and forth from the villa “very difficult”.
Exit: Laura Whitmore has announced she is leaving Love Island and not returning to host the next series of the ITV2 dating show
Love Island’s summer series is based in Mallorca, while the winter series is broadcast from South Africa.
Laura replaced Caroline Flack as Love Island presenter when she stepped down in December 2019. Caroline tragically took her own life at the age of 40 in February 2020.
In her statement, Laura said she only planned to fill Caroline in for one series, emotionally saying she hoped she would make her late boyfriend “proud.”
On Instagram, Laura said: ‘Some news! I will not be hosting the next Love Island series.
Host: The Irish presenter, 37, joined Love Island in 2020, hosting the hugely popular reality TV show for three series
Departure: But on Monday, Laura took to her Instagram to confirm she would be leaving the show and said she found the flying back and forth from the villa ‘very difficult’
“There are certain elements of the show that I have found very difficult that cannot be changed because of the format, including flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects.
“I wish it was still possible, but know you’re in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in Caroline for a series and it turned out to be 3 series.
“I hope I made you proud, Caroline.”
Speaking of Laura’s departure, an ITV spokesperson said: ‘Laura has been a fantastic host over the last three series of the show.
Tribute: Laura said she only planned to fill in for former presenter Caroline Flack – who committed suicide in February 2020 – for one series, and said she hoped she made her late boyfriend ‘proud’
“We are so grateful for all she has brought to the programme, but understand and respect her decision, and we look forward to working with her on upcoming ITV projects.”
ITV has not announced who will replace Laura as host of the show for Love Island’s upcoming winter series in early 2023.
Following Laura’s Instagram announcement, her celebrity friends and former Love Island stars were quick to take over the comments to heap her praises.
Former contestant Faye Winter said, ‘She would be really proud! You’ve done an incredible job.’
And Love Islander Demi Jones added: ‘You were incredible! We will miss you.’
While Vicky Pattison gushed, ‘You did a great job mate!! You will be missed.’
Her departure from the show comes after Laura opened up about the “exhausting” and “heavy” aspects of hosting Love Island, according to the mirror.
She told the Distraction Pieces podcast, “With things with Love Island, sometimes it’s just a bit exhausting because some things are just mental.
‘As a host, this doesn’t take much time compared to my other work. It’s over eight weeks.
New face: ITV has not announced who will replace Laura as presenter of the show for Love Island’s upcoming winter series in early 2023
“The host only comes three or four times, it always has, but it gets the most attention. It’s a bit tiring and it’s tough.’
Laura – who shares daughter Stevie Ré with Love Island narrator husband Iain Stirling – took over as Love Island presenter 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 crowning Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti as winners earlier this month.
The presenter previously presented 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 career change as she makes her West End debut in September as Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story.
Lily Allen, Tom Felton, Mandip Gill and Giovanna Fletcher previously starred in the popular theater production, which will see Laura co-star with Felix Scott, Tamsin Carroll and Matt Willis.
Couple: Laura shares daughter Stevie Ré with husband Iain Stirling (both pictured in November), who is the narrator of Love Island