Laura Whitmore replaces Flack as Love Island host

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption Laura Whitmore took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2016

Laura Whitmore is to step in as host of ITV2’s winter edition of Love Island after Caroline Flack stood down after being charged with assault.

The broadcaster will front the present when the contestants move into a new villa in South africans in January.

She previously replaced Flack as host of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here’s ITV2 spin-off in 2011, and has a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Flack was charged after police were called to an incident on 12 December.

Paul Mortimer, head of ITV’s digital channels and acquisitions, 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 is in accordance with very safe hands.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flack had hosted Love Island since it returned to screens in 2015

Whitmore said she was “excited” to step into the role but wished her possibility had come under “better circumstances”.

“Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend, ” she said in a statement. “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.”

She added: “Above all, I am a massive fan of this indicate. 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 squad are the best in the business … including the voice and heart of the indicate, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me … not a chance! “

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