Love Island bosses are considering replacing presenter Laura Whitmore in the wake of her ‘lukewarm’ reception, according to reports.
Both Maya Jama and Maura Higgins are being tipped as possible replacements for Laura, 36.
TV chefs would like to “fix” the 2022 series, meaning Laura’s role is “on the line.”
Reports: Love Island bosses are considering replacing presenter Laura Whitmore, 36, in the wake of her ‘lukewarm’ reception, according to reports
A source told The sun: ‘Producers like to keep the show fresh and keep their options open, they are impressed with both Maya and Maura and think that both can give the role the necessary spice and sexiness.
“They want someone who is fun and can connect with people. Maura has obviously been on the show herself and knows it inside out, so she can easily empathize with the contestants and what they’re going through.”
They added: “It’s one of the best performances in showbiz, with a six-figure paycheck and frequent trips to sunny Mallorca, so there are plenty of people hungry for the part.”
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘This is not true. Laura has done a fantastic job at the helm of the show this year and there have been no talks about the next series yet.”
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MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Laura, Maya and Maura for comment.
The paper goes on to report that Crouchy’s Year-Late Euros presenter Maya, 27, and former Love Islander Maura, 30, are not the only two stars to be considered for the role.
Radio 1 presenter Arielle Free would also be in the mix, with the 33-year-old delighted Love Island fans as she helped with this year’s Aftersun.
It comes a day after former presenter Caroline Flack’s mother revealed she can no longer bear to watch Love Island.
So sad: Caroline Flack’s mother has revealed she can no longer bear to watch Love Island and see Laura, her daughter’s replacement, on the show after the star’s death
Tricky to watch: Christine admitted it’s ‘terrible’ to see her daughter’s replacement Laura in ads in ‘almost the same dress, in almost the same pose’
The former dating show host was found dead in her London flat on February 15 last year at the age of 40 – a day after she learned that the CPS would continue a lawsuit after a drunken argument with then-boyfriend Lewis Burton.
And in a new interview, Christine lashed out at Love Island’s treatment of her daughter amid her assault charges, accusing them of being “hypocritical” for firing her when they themselves encouraged fights between participants.
The late TV host was on trial in December 2019 for assaulting her former partner Lewis, 28.
Caroline, however, strongly denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to assault by striking before the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 23 December.
And in an interview with The Sun, Christine said her daughter valued “loyalty and friendship” above all else, saying that the show she hosted for four years didn’t show her the same when she was fired and replaced by Laura.
While eagerly watching the ITV2 program when her daughter was at the helm, Christine admitted she “hasn’t watched it” since Caroline died, suggesting it was too painful to see anyone else host the show where her girl ‘loved’ so much.
She said, ‘I was watching Love Island because Carrie was in it. Now it’s horrible when the ad comes out and the girl who took her place, all in almost the same dress, in almost the same pose.’
Laura took over hosting duties shortly before Caroline was scheduled to fly to South Africa for the first-ever winter edition of Love Island in January 2020.
She continued: ‘I think ITV2 could have done it a little differently. They could have done it out of respect. It’s all really good to say these movies, ‘Oh, we love Carrie blah blah blah. But you know, just have a little respect.’
Guy: In a new interview, Christine lashed out at Love Island’s treatment of her daughter amid her assault charge, accusing them of being “hypocritical” for firing her when they self-promoted fights between contestants