Love Island fans spot huge problem with Maya Jama being the new host as she replaces Laura Whitmore | The SunOctober 1, 2022
LOVE Island fans have spotted a huge problem with new host Maya Jama as she replaces Laura Whitmore.
Popular presenter Maya, 28, has agreed to take on the role and bosses are finalising her contract.
She will appear in the winter version which is set to return to South Africa in January.
It is thought Maya — worth around £2.5million — will also host the dating show’s summer edition from Majorca.
But viewers are convinced that the stunning TV star will "outshine" the female contestants.
One joked: "Maya Jama’s going to walk in and outshine all of the women in the villa."
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Another posted: "There’s no way in f****** hell I'd sign up for love island if Maya Jama was the host, what’s the point."
"Maya Jama is too hot for Love Island, there will be heads turning," another hilariously commented.
But another fan tweeted: "Maya Jama, as much as I love her, has no filter. I can see it getting her into trouble each week with the fans. Love island fans are ruthlessly critical of anyone in that presenting role. I hope she can take the hate."
TV and radio presenter Vick Hope, 33 and ex-Love Islander Maura Higgins, 31, had also been in the running.
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It comes after Irish host Laura, 37, quit in August having replaced the late Caroline Flack in 2020.
She said she found elements of the production “very difficult” when she revealed she was leaving.
Bristol-born Maya has dated rapper Stormzy, 29, and split from US basketball star fiancé Ben Simmons, 26, last month due to their busy careers.
An ITV source said: “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.”
An ITV spokeswoman said: “Our new host will be announced in due course.”
Laura presented three series of Love Island before she left.
The Irish star is married to its narrator Iain Stirling, 34, and has a daughter, Stevie, 18 months, with the Scottish comedian.
She criticised the show when she hinted ITV bosses held her back.
Laura said: “I hate having anything I’m not allowed to say.
“I couldn’t ask Love Islanders if they were OK.”
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She was accused of “slut-shaming” Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu, 28, when discussing the eventual winner’s reported antics in bed with dumped George.
Turkish actress Ekin-Su denied anything happened. Nearly 500 viewers complained to Ofcom.
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