Maura Higgins tapped into replacing Laura Whitmore as Love Island host

Maura Higgins is ‘hot’ to host the next series of Love Island after presenter Laura Whitmore made the shock decision to step down from the role.

The Bray native announced last night that she would not be returning to the dating show next year.

She took over as presenter from the late Caroline Flack during the very first Winter Love Island in 2020 and later presented series 7 and 8.

In an Instagram statement, the 37-year-old said: “I will not be hosting the next series of Love Island.

“There are certain elements of the show that I have found very difficult and cannot be changed due to the format, including flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects.

“I wish it was still possible, but I know you’re in safe hands. I was only going to fill in for Caroline for one show, and that turned into three shows. I hope I made you proud Caroline.”

Following the unexpected news, a leading bookmaker has seen a multitude of punters place their bets on who they think will take over Laura next season.

According to MyBettingSites, Longford lady Maura Higgins, who was a 2019 Love Island finalist, is one of the bookmakers’ favourites, hosting the show at 5/1.

Reigning champion Ekin-Su Culculoglu, who was crowned the winner of Love Island 2022 with partner David Sanclimenti, is predicted at 9/1, while 2019 winner Amber Gill was backed at 10/1.

Inbetweeners star Emily Atack is popular with players to land the gig at 5/1 and Maya Jama is also in the running at 7/1.

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Other famous faces to succeed Laura include her husband and show narrator Iain Stirling (12/1), Holly Willoughby (16/1), radio host Alice Levine (6/1), and ex-islander Chris Hughes (16/ 1), Chloe Burrows (20/1) and Dani Dyer (25/1). Maura Higgins tapped into replacing Laura Whitmore as Love Island host

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