Love Island: Laura Whitmore slams ‘exhausting and mental’ scrutiny

Laura has hosted the last three seasons of Love Island (Picture” ITV)

Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore expressed how ‘exhausting’ she finds hosting the popular show due to intense public scrutiny.

The 36-year-old Irish host recently wrapped up series eight of the annual ITV2 dating programme, which saw Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu crowned 2022 winners.

Last month, Laura’s comments over Ekin-Su’s bedroom antics with Casa Amor bombshell George Tasker during Love Island: Aftersun resulted in 427 Ofcom complaints

In a statement, ITV told ‘Laura is the presenter of the show, and part of that role is to pose questions to the panel and discuss events in the villa. 

‘We do not condone trolling against either our host or our Islanders and any subsequent elevation of these comments.’

Reflecting on her time as presenter, Laura branded the eight-week stint as ‘exhausting and tough.’

Laura (M) shared the disadvantages that comes with hosting Love Island (Picture: ITV)
Laura has presented the show since 2020 (Picture: ITV)

‘It’s still something I’m working through myself privately,’ she said during the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip.

‘I had to also think about it for my own mental health side, because I love the show, but it comes with a lot of s**t.’

‘The host only comes on three or four times, it’s always been the way, but it gets the most attention. It’s a bit exhausting and it’s tough,’ she added.

Laura began fronting Love Island in 2020 following the death of former presenter Caroline Flack.

Caroline Flack Love Island

Caroline was the leading lady of Love Island for five series (Picture: Rex)

Remembering the adored late star, she said: ‘I saw when Caroline worked on the show what she got every year and I never knew how she handled it. I always thought, “Jesus, she’s so strong.”

‘And people aren’t as strong as you think they are.’

Last month Laura quit BBC 5 Live radio show in order to focus on becoming a household name on television.

Heidi Dawson, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, said: ‘Laura has made the difficult ­decision to leave after a brilliant four years.

‘We’d like to thank her for the energy, insight and humour she has brought to this programme and look forward to ­working with her again in the near future.’

Laura recently landed her first West End role as in the stage thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story alongside the likes of Matt Willis, Felix Scott and Tamsin Carroll.

Love Island is available to stream on ITV Hub.

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