Laura Whitmore is to step in as host of ITV2’s iciness edition of Like Island after Caroline Flack stood down after being charged with assault.
The broadcaster will entrance the instruct when the contestants pass into a brand unique villa in South Africa in January.
She previously replaced Flack as host of I’m A Large title… Compile Me Out Of Here is ITV2 lumber-off in 2011, and has a weekly instruct on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Flack used to be charged after police were known as to an incident on 12 December.
Paul Mortimer, head of ITV’s digital channels and acquisitions, acknowledged: “I’m delighted that Laura is prepared to step in this iciness on ITV2’s finest instruct.
“She is the finest person for the job and is a favored and skilled presenter of live television. Whereas Caroline is away, we know that Like Island shall be in very real hands.”
Whitmore acknowledged she used to be “angry” to step into the role but wished her opportunity had arrive below “greater conditions”.
“Caroline is an very perfect host and furthermore a pal,” she acknowledged in a command. “We now enjoy spoken plenty within 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 even enjoy safe boots to own. I will are attempting to compose it justice.”
She added: “Above all, I’m a large fan of this instruct. I’ve by no come been to a Like Island villa, and I’m able to no longer wait to get in there to meet your whole unique Islanders procuring for fancy. The Like Island personnel are the finest within the replace… alongside side the direct and coronary heart of the instruct, Iain. He conception he used to be getting a vacation some distance flung from me… no longer a large gamble!”
The incoming Like Island host is guaranteed to be greeted in South Africa by one acquainted face no longer lower than, within the form of boyfriend and Scottish comic Iain Stirling – who does the voiceovers on the instruct.
He greeted the announcement of her arrival by joking: “I ponder if she’s single…”
Flack gave her approval to the resolution to nominate Whitmore too, by strategy of her Instagram legend on Friday.
“She loves the instruct as powerful as I compose,” she favorite.
Flack used to be charged with assault by beating following an incident at her Islington dwelling in north London.
Police were known as to her dwelling, the effect she lives with her associate, tennis participant Lewis Burton, at 05:25 GMT last week.
Officers attended after experiences of a person being assaulted. The person used to be no longer severely injured, police acknowledged.
The 40-year-frail will appear at Highbury Nook Magistrates’ Court on 23 December.
Asserting her resolution to step aside, she acknowledged: “There were a indispensable quantity of media experiences and allegations into my inner most existence.
“Whereas matters weren’t as were reported, I’m committed to working with the authorities and I’m able to no longer observation additional on these matters till the right route of is over.”
She added: “In order to no longer detract attention from the upcoming series I the truth is feel the finest part I’m able to compose is stand down for series six. I would like to want the amazing personnel engaged on the instruct a amazing series in Cape City.”
ITV presented the iciness lumber-off in July following the instruct’s success over the last five summers. The firm acknowledged the 2019 series reached greater than six million viewers and used to be essentially the most-watched programme of the year on the time amongst adults oldschool between sixteen and 34.
Who’s Laura Whitmore?
In November, Whitmore took up her unique role as a BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster, as allotment of the role’s shake-up to their weekend line-up, which furthermore noticed Scott Mills be a part of.
The 34-year-frail had previously stuffed in occasionally and acknowledged on the time she used to be “thrilled” to reach encourage on a everlasting basis with “safe title visitors from the worlds of politics, tune and showbiz”.
The Bray-born star studied at Dublin City College and made her step forward as a TV presenter with MTV Eire from 2008 onwards.
She hosted I’m a Large title… Compile Me Out of Here! NOW; a accomplice series to the favored ITV actuality instruct from 2011-2015, earlier than performing as a contestant on Strictly Reach Dancing in 2016.
In disagreement to Flack, who obtained the competition in 2014, Whitmore used to be voted off the instruct following a dance-off with eventual winner Ore Oduba.
Whitmore has furthermore labored as a mannequin and as a co-commentator for BBC Three on the Eurovision Track Contest Semi-Finals in 2014.
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