CAROLINE FLACK has announced she will step down from hosting Winter Love Island 2020 but who will replace the presenter on the ITV reality series? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
This year, Love Island is returning to screens much earlier than planned. For the first time ever, the reality show will have a winter edition, which is expected to premiere in early January 2020. The new series will be set in Cape Town, South Africa instead of the usual island of Mallorca.
Caroline Flack has presented Love Island since the show’s inception in 2015 and was expected to return to host Winter Love Island 2020.
However, last week, Caroline hit headlines after she was arrested and charged with assault in the early hours of Friday morning (December 13). She is scheduled to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 23.
Caroline has decided to step down from her presenting duties ‘in order to not detract attention’ from the brand new series.
Confirming the decision, Caroline took to her Instagram to share the news with her 2.3 million followers.
She wrote: “Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for series six.
“I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.”
In a second post, she said: “And on a really personal level. I have never experienced such kindness and love in my whole life.
“Not just from friends and family who are always the greatest..but also from total strangers who send messages to me offering help and understanding… please know that I see them.. and my boyfriend Lewis…I love you x”
At the moment it is unknown if Caroline will return for the Summer series of Love Island.
An ITV spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “ITV has a long standing relationship with Caroline and we understand and accept her decision. We will remain in contact with her over the coming months about future series of Love Island.”
Ever since the news broke last week that Caroline had been charged, fans of Love Island immediately began to speculate who would replace her.
Here’s everything you need to know about the favourites to replace Caroline, now that she has officially stepped down from presenting winter Love Island 2020.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama is the favourite amongst fans to host the series, having impressed viewers on Love Island’s Aftersun earlier this year.
Maya is also a TV presenter on MTV and Channel 4.
She is best known for presenting Trending Live! on 4Music from 2015 until 2017 and as the former girlfriend of rapper Stormzy.
TV presenter Laura Whitmore is one of the favourites to replace Caroline on Love Island.
Laura is the girlfriend of Love Island narrator, Iain Stirling and has had a successful presenting her career herself.
She is best known for hosting I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Now!
Love Island 2019 contestant Maura Higgins is one of the favourites to host Love Island 2020.
On Sunday, December 15, Maura posted a photograph of herself in a sunny unknown location beside a pool.
She captioned the post with a cryptic tagline which read: “Do one, winter” the new tagline from the Love Island 2020 trailer.
Maura is unlikely to be the one to replace Caroline, as she will be taking part in ITV’s Dancing on Ice when Love Island is airing.
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Actress turned TV presenter Emily Atack is also in the running to replace Caroline.
Emily won the hearts of the nation two years ago when she has crowned the winner of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
She now hosts the spin-off series I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Now! with Joel Dommett and Adam Thomas.
Presenter Rick Edwards is also a favourite amongst Love Island fans to present the show.
He even tweeted: “Well, ITV2. I’m pretty free in January, I’ll happily travel to South Africa, and I’ve never been charged with assault.”
He added: “Full disclosure though, I was once charged with public urination in New York. Hope that’s not a problem.”
Love island 2019 winner Amber Rose-Gill is also a contender to replace Caroline.
Amber won the show with Greg O’Shea but sadly, the pair have since split.
Betfair’s odds on who is the favourite to replace Caroline are:
- Laura Whitmore 2/1
- Maura Higgins 3/1
- Emily Atack 4/1
- Maya Jama 10/1
- Rick Edwards 20/1
- Amber Rose Gill 22/1