Laura Whitmore felt restricted in what she could say when fronting ‘Love Island’

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Laura Whitmore says she felt restricted in what she could say when fronting ‘Love Island’ credit:Bang Showbiz
Laura Whitmore says she felt restricted in what she could say when fronting ‘Love Island’ credit:Bang Showbiz

Laura Whitmore says she felt restricted in what she could say when fronting ‘Love Island’.

In an apparent dig at the ITV2 dating show after she last month quit her role as host, she added there was “nothing more” she could do with the series.

The 37-year-old, who walked away from the show three years after taking over as host from her late friend Caroline Flack, told the Evening Standard on Friday (02.09.22): “Love Island is a show that I love to watch, and I always want to work on shows that I enjoy. But there’s nothing more that I can do with it. There are parameters.

“When you work on the show, you can’t really talk about certain things. But I’m really proud of what I did, and proud to leave on what I think has been a brilliant series, with great winners.”

She added about loving this year’s winners: “I’m a huge fan of Ekin-Su and Davide. I know ‘Love Island’. People love a journey. No-one wants a happy relationship, because life isn’t a happy relationship. We want to see the ups and downs.”

It comes after Laura, whose husband Iain Stirling , 34, narrates the show, revealed she was quitting the programme because she found some elements of the series “very difficult”.

She said on Instagram: “Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love island. 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.”

Caroline presented ‘Love Island’ from 2015 to 2019 and took her life in 2020 aged 40 two months after she had been charged with assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton at her then home in North London.

Laura, who shares daughter Stevie Ré with husband Iain has come under attack during the latest series of the show for not appearing on air enough.

Presenter Maya Jama, 28, is now favourite to take over from Laura.

She is 2/1 with bookies to front the next series, due to be held next year in South Africa.