Love Island fans guess who will host dating show next as Laura Whitmore quits – with Ekin-Su as favourite

Love Island fans have been speculating who could replace Laura Whitmore as host.

The Irish presenter, 37, who is set to make her West End debut later this year, announced on Monday night that she is quitting the ITV2 dating show after three series after taking over from Caroline Flack in 2020.

Fans of the show were quick to share their views on Twitter on just who should replace her when the next series hits South Africa in January 2023.

And it seems as though this year's winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu, who took home the grand prize with Davide Sanclimenti, is one of the frontrunners.

"Get @ekinsuofficial on it!! She'd be perfect," wrote one. Another echoed this: "Oooh, make way for Ekin-Su!"

"Ekin Su to host After Sun challenge," joked another, with someone else quipping: "If Ekin-Su doesn't host I'm suing."

Others pointed to previous Love Island greats, including Maura Higgins and Olivia Atwood, who have both gone on to hosting duties themselves since leaving the villa.

"This needed to happen," tweeted another fan. "We need someone who [was] all about Love Island like Caroline. Laura definitely wasn't and that's okay, but let's have someone who is synonymous with LI. Give me Ekin Su, Maura, Olivia A, any of the greats!"

"Can we finally make Maura Higgins the host now? Please and thanks, ITV," pleaded another.

There have also been calls for more seasoned hosts like Maya Jama and AJ Odudu to be given the coveted TV role.

"My money's on AJ Ododu or Maya Jama to be the new host," predicted one.

"Now it gets interesting Maya Jama has been heavily linked to #bbuk but she's also denied it she would also be a great fit for #LoveIsland," wrote one.

Others cited AJ Odudu's as the perfect choice to take over, especially with her recent success with Married at First Sight UK and The Big Breakfast.

"@AJOdudu's time has come," wrote another fan.

One even suggested the show should hire more than one of their faves to share the job, especially when it comes to the gruelling travel commitments involved in the winter series of the show.

"I want AJ and Ekin-Su for #loveisland host they need two so one flies out and the other does After Sun," they suggested.

While the overwhelming majority of tweets were in support of the same few big names, there were also some other interesting suggestions in the mix.

"In light of the news of Laura Whitmore's departure from Love Island, I present to you, our next host, Charity Shop Sue!" one joked.

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Another tweeted in support of Made in Chelsea star and Love Island super fan Sam Thompson: "Can we start a petition for @SamThompsonUK to be the new host of Love Island?"

Some fans have even questioned whether the show even needs a host, with their appearances in the villa so few and far between in recent series.

"The abuse [Laura] got has been disgraceful. Be interesting though how ITV2 cast this – does it even really need a host?" wrote one.

"Good luck to whoever is the new host of Love Island bc I honestly think that's a bit of a cursed gig," another tweeted.


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