ITV has today confirmed Maya Jama as the new host of Love Island.
Jama has recently co-presented BBC One’s Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer and BBC Three show Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star, and will succeed Laura Whitmore as hist, who in turn took over from the late Caroline Flack fronting the show.
Whitmore had fronted the show between 2020 and 2022 after the death of Caroline Flack, and announced in August that she would be standing down from presenting duties.
The dating entertainment show, which has become a standout success for ITV2 since it was relaunched will return for a new winter season in early 2023 with presenter Jama at the helm. The show will return to South Africa next year as ” lovestruck singletons will be guided through the twists and turns of coupling up in the iconic Villa surroundings by the brand new host.”
Maya Jama said: “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.”
Love Island has proven to be a record-breaker for ITV in recent years becoming the most-watched television series on ITV Hub with more than 269 million streams across the summer and attracting the largest 16-34 audience of any show on any channel in the last year.
Director of Reality Programming & Acquisitions and Controller, ITV2, ItvBe & CITV, Paul Mortimer said: “Finding a new host to follow the wonderful Laura Whitmore was never going to be easy. In Maya Jama though, 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.”