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All the rumours are true
Since Laura Whitmore announced her resignation from Love Island earlier this year, everyone has been taking a guess as to who will replace her. Back in August, the favourites were Maya Jama, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Maura Higgins, with Jama named the frontrunner.
Today, Love Island confirmed the rumours and broke the news that the one and only Jama would officially be taking over at the ITV2 show’s helm – and to say that the nation is excited would be an understatement. People have been calling for Jama to play more of a role in show since her popular Aftersun appearance this summer.
“Okay, the rumours are true 😉 Say hey to your brand-new #LoveIsland host @mayajama! 💘”, Love Island announced in a statement today.
Maya Jama herself then released a statement, announcing: “I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders.”
Jama, 28, seems just as excited as us by the news, taking to Instagram to post: “RUMOUR CONFIMRED LOLOL. See you on the Island my honeysssss”.
“Finding a new host to follow the wonderful Laura Whitmore was never going to be easy,” explained ITV’S Paul Mortimer in a statement. “In Maya Jama though, we have another high profile fan of the show who’ll be a great addition to the Love Island family.”
The statement continued: “Cool, charming and charismatic, I speak for us all when I say Maya will also bring a unique presenting style to the show”.
We certainly agree, Maya will definitely make the next Love Island series unforgettable, but it will of course be sad to see Laura Whitmore leave.
Maya will host the first series in South Africa, early in 2023.