Laura Whitmore is quitting her high-profile radio hosting job.
The ‘Love Island’ presenter, 37, will step away from her Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 5 Live after this year’s series of the ITV2 dating show ends.
Heidi Dawson, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, confirmed on Tuesday (19.07.22): “Laura has made the difficult decision to leave after a brilliant four years.
“We’d like to thank her for the energy, insight and humour she has brought to this programme and look forward to working with her again in the near future.”
A TV insider told The Sun on Tuesday night about mum-of-one Laura quitting the radio role: “Love Island has given her huge exposure and a healthy pay packet, and she’s now going to exploit that to the max.
“Laura has already hinted she has other projects in the pipeline and she can’t find the time to continue with all her roles.
“So something had to go, and it’s sad for listeners that this is what’s been jettisoned as she moves onwards and upwards.”
Laura, who shares a daughter with 34-year-old ‘Love Island’ narrator Iain Stirling launched her weekly programme ‘The Laura Whitmore Show’ on Radio 5 Live in 2018.
She started fronting ‘Love Island’ in 2020, followed by a contract from Nintendo to feature in one of their ads and a captain role on ITV2’s now-cancelled ‘Celebrity Juice’.
Last month, it was highlighted Laura had only appeared for 14 minutes during 27 hours of televised ‘Love Island’ footage, despite getting a rumoured £600,000 to host the show.
She said this week: “They see you on telly for 10 minutes, but they have no idea how much work has gone into that – especially with telly. Telly’s so different to radio.”