Laura Whitmores swipe at Love Island as she hints at real reason for exit

Laura Whitmore appeared to have taken a swipe at Love Island while hinting at the real reason why she exited the show.

The Irish TV presenter, 37, surprised viewers when she announced that she was stepping down after taking on the role when then-host Caroline Flack stepped down in late 2019.

Following Caroline's shock death, Laura remained host of the programme and its spin-off show After Sun until standing down last month.

And it seems she has now revealed her true reasons for leaving her presenting role on the dating series.

She said: "Love Island is a show that I love to watch, and I always want to work on shows that I enjoy. But there’s nothing more that I can do with it. There are parameters."

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Laura continued: "When you work on the show, you can’t really talk about certain things. But I’m really proud of what I did and proud to leave on what I think has been a brilliant series, with great winners."

Laura has now turned her sights on acting and is set to make her West End debut in the supernatural thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story.

Busted singer Matt Willis, Archers actor Felix Scott and Australian actress Tamsin Carroll will also appear in the play from September 6 to January 8 at the Criterion Theatre in London.

Laura announced her Love Island departure just weeks after the most recent series came to an end.

"Some news! I won't be hosting the next series of Love Island," she wrote on Instagram.

"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."

She signed off with a tribute to her late friend, writing: "I hope I did you proud Caroline," with a red heart emoji.

ITV also released a statement following the announcement.

They said: "Laura has been a fantastic host across the last three series of the show. We are so grateful for everything she has brought to the programme but understand and respect her decision, and we look forward to working with her on upcoming ITV projects."

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