The TV presenter, 37, will front an ‘edgy’ new docu-series called Laura Whitmore Investigates, as she told how she will be ‘getting back to her journalism roots’.
Laura’s new project will ‘delve into difficult worlds’, a far cry from the idealistic and glossy scenes viewers will be used to watching on Love Island.
Laura Whitmore Investigates! Laura Whitmore has shared the details about her new role just days after quitting her job as Love Island host after three series
The investigative series will be in three parts and will apparently see Laura explore dangerous worlds where ‘sex and power collide.’
Speaking on her new venture, Laura said: ‘It’s a dream come true to have this platform and work with a brilliant team at ITV through this series of investigative films.’
‘Getting back to my journalist roots, I hope we can shine a light on some really important topics and issues and delve into a variety of serious and interesting real-life subjects,’ Laura told her followers.
New job: The TV presenter, 37, will front an ‘edgy’ new docu-series called Laura Whitmore Investigates, as she told how she will be ‘getting back to her journalism roots’
Jo Clinton-Davis, the factual controller for ITV, said: ‘We’re excited about the opportunity ITVX presents for us and with our commissioning we want to broaden the palette of factual in very different and surprising ways.
‘Documentary box sets with directorial ambition, on a diverse range of subjects, lead our developing slate; alongside series from new factual talent, including Laura Whitmore Investigates, which we are delighted to announce.’
Career move: Maya Jama (pictured) and Vick Hope are the two front runners to take over Laura Whitmore’s Love Island presenting job, a new report has claimed
Irish TV star Laura revealed her shock decision to quit her job after three years on Monday – blaming, in part, the format of the show for her career choice.
A TV source told the publication of Maya and Vick: ‘They’re viewed as two glamorous, fun figures who would also bring a slightly cooler edge to the format.
‘Over the past three years they’ve both seen their careers go from strength to strength, and have the high profile to match that of the hit ITV show.
‘It’s going to be a close call who ITV bosses will pick in the end.’
Stars: According to The Sun , presenter Maya, 28, and TV and radio star Vick, 32, (pictured) are reportedly being considered first by ITV bosses for the role to bring a ‘cooler edge’ to the show
Maya has presenting experience on shows such as Walk the Line and Soccer Aid while Vick has fronted spin off shows for The X Factor, The Voice and I’m A Celebrity.
Laura may have only announced she was quitting as Love Island host on Monday evening, but already fans are speculating as to who will take over.
Fans of the hit show took to Twitter within seconds of the announcement to share who they hope will take over from her – with Bristol born beauty Maya a runaway favourite with fans.
Bye: Irish TV star Laura (pictured) revealed her shock decision to quit her job after three years on Monday – blaming, in part, the format of the show for her career choice
‘So Laura Whitmore is stepping down from #LoveIsland – can someone clear @MayaJama ‘s diary for the winter and summer please,’ one said.
Another wrote: ‘Maya Jama should host love island. She was in the line up of who would host it when Caroline flack left before the first winter one started #loveisland.’
A third suggested: ‘Petition for @MayaJama to be the new love island host #loveisland.’
Another contender among fans is Emily Atack, who stars on Celebrity Juice with Laura, with one fan declaring ‘she is definitely going to be in the running’ as they pointed out her long history with ITV.
Popular choice: Another contender among fans is Emily Atack, who stars on Celebrity Juice with Laura
Leaving: But on Monday, the star took to her Instagram to confirm that she would be leaving the show, saying she has found flying back and forth from the villa ‘very difficul
In her statement, Laura said she was only planning to fill in for Caroline for one series, emotionally saying that she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’.
The TV presenter’s stint on the ITV2 dating show received mixed reviews this season; some viewers praised her handling of sensitive topics, while others criticised her for ‘encouraging slut-shaming’ in a segment which sparked 427 Ofcom complaints.
Taking to Instagram, Laura said: ‘Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love island.
‘There are certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult that cannot be changed some due to the format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects.
‘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 3 series.
‘I hope I did you proud Caroline.’
Speaking of Laura’s exit, an ITV spokesperson said: ‘Laura has been a fantastic host across the last three series of the show.
‘We are so grateful for everything she has brought to the programme but understand and respect her decision, and we look forward to working with her on upcoming ITV projects.’
ITV have not announced who will be replacing Laura as the show’s host for the upcoming winter series of Love Island at the start of 2023.
Laura – who shares daughter Stevie Ré with Love Island narrator husband Iain Stirling – took over as Love Island host for the 2020 winter series in South Africa.
She has since hosted series seven and eight of the ITV2 dating show, with the latest series seeing Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti crowned as winners earlier this month.
Tribute: Laura said she was only planning to fill in for former host Caroline Flack – who took her own life in February 2020 – for one series, saying she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’
The presenter previously hosted I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW! for five series starting in 2011 while she was also a Eurovision commentator in 2014.
Laura also competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, but was the fifth celebrity to be voted out.
The model is making a change in her career as she is set to make her West End debut as Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story in September.
Lily Allen, Tom Felton, Mandip Gill and Giovanna Fletcher have previously starred in the popular theatre production, with Laura set to perform alongside Felix Scott, Tamsin Carroll and Matt Willis.
Originally posted 2022-08-24 21:57:14.