Laura Whitmore confirmed as Love Island replacement following Caroline’s exit

ITV2 today announced Laura Whitmore will host season 6 of Love Island.

The winter series, a spin-off from the summer format, will launch on the channel on 12 January 2020.

Laura will present the main show, which airs nightly at 9pm on ITV2, as regular presenter Caroline Flack has departed the series after being arrested and charged with assault by beating.

The Irish stunner will also host Love Island: Aftersun, set to air on ITV2 live from London on Monday nights at 10pm.

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The first series of the year comes from a brand new location and villa in Cape Town where a host of new Islanders will try to win the hearts of each other – and the nation – in the ultimate search for love.

Laura admitted she is "excited" with her new presenting gig, and close friend Caroline "strongly pushed" her for the role.

In a statement released on her Instagram today, she said: "To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement.

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"I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend. We’ve spoken a lot in 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 have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.

"Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new Islanders looking for love. The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance!"

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Laura will present the show, while her boyfriend Iain Stirling will once again provide his witty narration.

Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer, said: "I’m delighted that Laura is able to step in this winter on ITV2’s biggest show. She is the best person for the job and is a popular and experienced presenter of live television.

"Whilst Caroline is away, we know that Love Island will be in very safe hands."

Laura's new role comes days after Caroline Flack stepped down from her hosting gig following an alleged bust-up with boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Police were called to the 40-year-old's Islington home following reports of a "domestic disturbance".

She was arrested and charged with assault by beating and is due in court on Monday 23 December.

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