Maya Jama is the new host of Love Island, ITV has announced.
The 28-year-old TV and radio host will replace Laura Whitmore, who announced her departure from the role in August.
Jama will begin her hosting duties when the hit ITV2 dating show returns to airs on its ninth series early next year.
She said: “I have always been a huge Love Island fan and I am delighted to be hosting one of the country’s favorite shows.
“I can’t wait to enter the villa to meet all the Islanders.”
Bristol-born Jama was initially touted as a potential presenter after it was confirmed that Caroline Flack would step down as presenter in 2019, before the role was given to Whitmore, 37 age.
In an announcement video on Love Island’s official Instagram account, Jama can be seen sifting through news articles looking back at her as the show’s next host, before choosing one. The personalized Love Island water bottle as the camera pans out also reveals a Love Island suitcase with the word “Maya” embossed in pink.
Next year will see two Love Island series, the first in South Africa in early 2023, and the second again in Majorca in the summer.
Paul Mortimer, director of reality programming and acquisitions and controls at ITV2, ITVBe and CITV, said: “Finding a new host to follow the amazing Laura Whitmore is never easy.
“At Maya Jama, however, we have another celebrity fan of the show who will be a great addition to the Love Island family.
Cool, sexy and alluring, I speak for all of us when I say Maya will also bring a unique presentation style to the show.Paul Mortimer, ITV
“Wonderful, charming and engaging, I speak for all of us when I say that Maya will also bring a unique presentation style to the show, as will Laura and, of course, Caroline Flack misses. We are happy to have her on board. “
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Whitmore began presenting the show, and its spin-off series Aftersun, in 2020 following the death of former Love Island host Flack.
Her husband, comedian Iain Stirling, has wittily recounted the show since 2015.
Jama began her broadcasting career co-hosting Trending Live on 4Music and Cannonball on ITV, before moving on to present her BBC Radio 1 programming on Fridays and Saturdays.
In 2017, a 23-year-old Jama became the youngest person to co-host the Mobo Awards on Channel 5, along with JLS presenter Marvin Humes.
In January 2021 it was announced that Jama would be the new presenter of BBC Three’s Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star, replacing former presenter Stacey Dooley.
Later that year, Jama was also confirmed to host the Simon Cowell music competition gameshow Walk The Line, however the show was canceled after only one series.
She has made guest appearances on a variety of shows including Love Island: Aftersun, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.
She split from ex-boyfriend Stormzy in the summer of 2019 after more than four years together and earlier this year was reported to be engaged to American basketball player Ben Simmons.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/maya-jama-announced-as-new-host-of-love-island-42060876.html Maya Jama announced as the new host of Love Island