Who should host Love Island 2023? Fans call for Maya Jama to replace Laura Whitmore - but will Emily Atack be chosen

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The race is on for ITV 2 to replace Laura Whitmore - Emily Atack and Maya Jama are among fan favourites for the host of Love Island 2023.

Love Island is now without a host as Laura Whitmore has stepped down from her position.

It is not yet known who will take her place but front runners according to the bookies include Maya Jama, AJ Odudu and Emily Atack.

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Emily is known for her role as Charlotte Hinchcliffe on The Inbetweeners, but she has also dabbled in the world of reality TV in recent years.

The 32-year-old appeared on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here in 2018 and Dancing on Ice in 2010.

Emily Atack is among the fan favourites who could host Love Island 2023 (Getty Images)Emily Atack is among the fan favourites who could host Love Island 2023 (Getty Images)
Emily Atack is among the fan favourites who could host Love Island 2023 (Getty Images) | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

With Emily’s existing connections to the TV world it isn’t surprising that fans think she would be a good fit for the job.

One fan on Twitter said: “She was on Celebrity Juice and started on the Inbetweeners. She is definitely going to be in the running to take over from Laura.

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Another fan wrote: “The reason Emily Atack could get it is because she’s already on the ITV payroll. It’s easier to keep it in-house.”

Laura Whitmore announced she would be leaving the show on 22 August.

She took over the role from her friend Caroline Flack who hosted the show from 2015 to 2019.

Laura wrote on Instagram: “Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love Island.

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“There are certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult that cannot be changed, some due to format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects.

Laura Whitmore is returning to the Love Island villa for some Casa Amor mayhem (ITV2)Laura Whitmore is returning to the Love Island villa for some Casa Amor mayhem (ITV2)
Laura Whitmore is returning to the Love Island villa for some Casa Amor mayhem (ITV2)

“I wish it was still possible but know you’ll be in safe hands.

“I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a series and it turned into three series.

“I hope I did you proud Caroline.”

While Emily’s name has been mentioned by fans as a possible contender for the job , the current front runner is Maya Jama.

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Maya’s odds are currently 2/1 with the bookies.Maya’s odds are currently 2/1 with the bookies.
Maya’s odds are currently 2/1 with the bookies. | AFP via Getty Images

Maya’s odds are currently 2/1 with the bookies whereas Emily is lagging at 6/1.

Maya is known for being a host on the BBC Three showGlow Up as well as her radio show on BBC Radio 1.

Other contenders include previous contestants Maura Higgins and Ekin Su Culculoglu as well as TV personalities Ryland Clark and Aj Odudu.

Rylan has had a long career in television after he first appeared on The X Factorin 2012.

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He’s now a TV regular with appearances on This Morning and Celebrity Big Brother.

Aj Odudu is also in the running for the job - she is known for being a presenter on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Married at First Sight: Afters.

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