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12th Oct 2022

Maya Jama is officially the new host of Love Island

Ellen Fitzpatrick

It’s official.

After a lot of speculation, Love Island has officially confirmed who will be replacing Laura Whitmore as host of the show and drum roll please… it’s Maya Jama.

There have been a lot of rumours circulating the internet that Maya would be taking on the role but over the last few weeks, nothing had been confirmed until now.

Sharing the news via their official Instagram account, the ITV show wrote: “Okay, the rumours are true. Say hey to your brand-new #LoveIsland host @mayajama!”

Maya commented on the post: “SO BLOODY EXCITED. GET ME ON THAT ISLAND.”

And passing down the reigns, Laura was immediately in the comments of the post to congratulate her, writing: “Yes girl!! So delighted for you! You’re gonna be fab xx.”


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To which Maya replied: “thankyou chick.”

Laura Whitmore confirmed the news on Instagram following the end of the last season, stating: “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.”

Laura took over the Love Island hosting gig back in 2020 following the passing of friend and former host Caroline Flack.

She presented the show, as well as After Sun, for three series alongside husband Iain Stirling, who has been the programme’s voice over since its inception.