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Maya Jama ‘confirmed’ as new Love Island host after Laura Whitmore’s departure

Laura Whitmore quit the show earlier this year and now Maya Jama has reportedly signed up ahead of next year’s Love Island 2023

The new host of Love Island for 2023 has reportedly been confirmed as Maya Jama. The 28-year-old has been rumoured for the role since former host Laura Whitmore departed.

Maya, who has 2.4 million Instagram followers, has now been said to have agreed to join the ITV dating show. Her contract is reportedly being finalised, reports The Mirror.

The news comes after Laura stepped down from the popular show due to the current format. The 37-year-old had presented the popular dating programme, and its spin-off series Aftersun, since 2020 after the death of the show’s former host Caroline Flack.

Maya Jama

Sharing the news on her Instagram, Whitmore wrote: “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”.

Maya will reportedly be the host for both the winter edition early in 2023 and the popular Majorca summer season. An ITV source told The Sun : “Maya was ITV’s dream option. She is fun, beautiful and a brilliant presenter.

“She was discussed as a possible replacement for Caroline two years ago — but now the time is right. They think she’ll make the show her own and carry on from where Caroline left off.

“They’re just in the process of finalising the last few details — but barring any huge surprises she will be announced formally very soon. They are just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”

Representatives for Maya and for Love Island have been approached for comment on this story.

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