Maya Jama to host Love Island

Maya Jama is the new host of ITV2's Love Island, taking over for the ninth season set to take place in 2023.

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The English TV personality and radio host will replace Laura Whitmore who announced in August she would step down.

Whitmore succeeded Caroline Flack, Love Island’s original host, after Flack passed away in 2020.


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ITV’s director of reality programming, Paul Mortimer, said “[replacing Whitmore] was never going to be easy”, but “in Maya Jama, we have another high profile fan of the show who’ll be a great addition to the Love Island family.

“Cool, charming and charismatic, I speak for us all when I say Maya will also bring a unique presenting style to the show, as did Laura and, of course, the very much missed Caroline Flack. We’re very pleased to have her on board.”

“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!” said Maya Jama in a statement. “I can’t wait to get into the villa to meet all of the islanders.”

A former Radio 1 DJ, Jama began her career co-hosting Trending Live on 4Music. In recent years, she has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

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