A few days ago, TV presenter Laura Whitmore quietly removed the Love Island tag from her Instagram account bio.
A few eagle-eyed watchers may have noticed the change, and it wasn’t until Monday that the Irish star (37 years old) released a statement giving up on the popular ITV2 reality show.
She said that there are some elements of the show that I find very difficult to change, some due to the format.”
She cites her “new conflict projects” along with flying back and forth to South Africa, where the winter version of the show will be filmed.
“I wish it was still possible but you know you’ll be safe. I was only supposed to fill Caroline (Flack) for one series and it turned into three series,” she said.
For some of Whitmore’s 1.6 million Instagram followers, that won’t come as a shock. She spoke openly about online trolling.
The sour comments began in early June, when she first returned to the limelight to present the eighth series of the dating show. People comment on her outfit, her voice, her presentation style, how much she gets paid. Negativity spilled over into the sideshow she presented on Sunday night, Love Island: Aftersun.
There have been calls for her to be fired for her questionable line with rugby player Jacques O’Neill.
She was accused of being the eventual winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu by the actress’ own social media account. That sparked complaints about Whitmore with UK watchdog Ofcom and also prompted ITV to issue a statement defending her.
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“Laura is the host, and part of that role is to question the panel and discuss events in the mansion,” it said. “We do not condone trolling our landlords or islanders and any subsequent enhancement of these comments.”
Whitmore, who has a baby girl with host Iain Stirling, has repeatedly spoken out about all the negativity. Regarding speculations about her earnings, she said her husband has never paid attention to her salary. She asked: “Why don’t we like women who make money?”
Whitmore reveals how she was called “boring” and that she was too old to be Love Island. Referring to the issue of capriciousness, she said that while her TV outfits are always commented on, her male colleagues are never the same.
“The outside world is going to talk about how you look, what you’re wearing, who you’re dating, if you have kids, should you do this and all this is talked about constantly. ,’ she said to Fragments of distraction audio file.
“You have to get rid of yourself or you will go crazy after a while. But I see my male colleagues not being talked about in the same way and that’s hard and unfair.”
Whitmore has a busy few months ahead. Next month, she will make her West End debut in 2:22 A ghost story. She also has a new TV project titled Whitmore Investigate and a podcast with Stirling called Partners in crime.
Female hosts like Vogue Williams and her comedian Joanne McNally have also spoken out about the level of online abuse they receive, while broadcaster Jennifer Zamparelli completely ignored twitter.
Social media has dropped alarmingly when it comes to learning lessons from the past. What happened to the #BeKind movement that went viral after Love Island presenter Caroline Flack taking her own life in 2020?
The 40-year-old has endured years of online abuse. Her mother said more could be done to protect the mental health of TV presenters.
“The duty of care with presenters needs to be better. If you work in an office you’re safe, but on TV, you’re not – you’re exposed,” she said.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/bekind-movement-seems-a-thing-of-the-past-as-laura-whitmore-opens-up-about-vile-online-abuse-41933064.html #BeKind movement seems to be a thing of the past as Laura Whitmore opens up about vile abuse online