Laura Whitmore has revealed she judged the Love Island contestants before she started watching the reality TV show.
The 36-year-old, who now hosts the popular ITV dating programme, said she hated that she had a history of judging people before meeting them, but likes that she has the ability to to change mind.
Love Island is set to return to TV screens this summer for its eighth season.
Whitmore told Angela Scanlon on the Thanks A Million podcast, “I mean, before I even saw Love Island, I remember thinking, ‘Ugh, what a show this is!’
“And then I start looking at it. And it got to me. i love this show
“I’m a fan of the show, have been a fan of this show for years, but I gave 100% judgment on the people who took part in this show before I saw it.
“And I think we all judge people. I judged so many people before I met them and I hate myself for it, but that’s what we probably do as humans, but one thing I like about myself is that I’ve had the ability to change my mind and get to know people.”
The TV presenter added that she’s now trying to get the full story on a subject, rather than making judgments about snippets.
“We live in an era where we read headlines or look at memes instead of reading the whole article,” she said.
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“So for me, I try to read the whole article and not just that… and the conversation is always open. I love a bit of progressive conversation.
“I love my friends. I don’t always agree with them. A lot of them, I mostly disagree with them, but that’s why I love them.
“I don’t want to be around people who have exactly the same opinions about me all the time. Yes. I do not want that. That’s how life gets boring. It keeps me from changing. That’s why I love a good discussion.”
Whitmore explained that her passion for debating issues was part of her from an early age, having appeared on debating teams during her childhood in Ireland.
She admitted that she would debate in Irish, English and French, although she couldn’t speak French as she “just likes to argue”.
Whitmore has presented many shows over the years including Survival Of The Fittest and replaced Spice Girl Mel B as team captain on ITV’s comedy panel game Celebrity Juice in 2020.
She took over the role of presenter of Love Island in 2020 from the late Caroline Flack, who presented the first five series.
The dating show’s upcoming series is set to be set in a new villa in Mallorca after the current property near Sant Llorenç des Cardassar in the east of the Spanish island was reportedly unavailable.
Love Island returned to Mallorca last year after a pandemic-hit summer, with Liam Reardon and Millie Court crowned winners.
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