Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore expressed how “tiring” she finds hosting the popular show due to the intense public scrutiny.
The Irish presenter, 36, recently wrapped up the eighth series of the annual ITV2 dating programme, which has crowned Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu as the 2022 winners.
Last month, Laura’s comments about Ekin-Su’s bedroom antics with Casa Amor bombshell George Tasker during Love Island: Aftersun led to 427 Ofcom complaints
In a statement, ITV told Metro.co.uk: “Laura is the show’s presenter and part of that role is to ask the panel questions and discuss events at the villa.
“We do not condone trolling of our host or our islanders and any subsequent collection of these comments.”
Looking back on her time as a presenter, Laura described the eight-week stay as “exhausting and tough”.
“It’s still something I’m working through privately,” she said during the Distraction Pieces podcast with Scroobius Pip.
“I also had to think about it for my own mental health because I love the show but it comes with a lot of shit.”
“The host only comes three or four times, always has, but he gets the most attention. It’s a bit tiring and it’s tough,” she added.
Laura began fronting Love Island in 2020 following the death of former presenter Caroline Flack.
Recalling the adored late star, she said: “When Caroline was working on the show, I saw what she was getting every year and I never knew how she was handling it. I always thought, “Jesus, she is so strong.”
“And people aren’t as strong as you think.”
Last month Laura left BBC 5 Live radio show to focus on becoming a household name on TV.
Heidi Dawson, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “Laura has made the difficult decision to leave after a brilliant four years.
‘We want to thank her for the energy, insight and humor she brought to this program and look forward to working with her again in the near future.’
Laura recently landed her first West End role in the stage thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story alongside the likes of Matt Willis, Felix Scott and Tamsin Carroll.
Love Island is available to stream on the ITV Hub.
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