WHEN Caroline Flack announced she was stepping down as the host of Love Island, there were some who thought ITV bosses should have taken the chance to diversify.
But top dogs at the channel decided that Laura Whitmore was the one to take on the gig, rather than other frontrunners Rochelle Humes, Maya Jama or Vick Hope.
Laura Whitmore has hit back at racism claims after ITV bosses chose her to replace Caroline Flack as the new host of Love Island
And now Laura has dismissed criticism aimed at ITV for choosing her over a person of colour.
In an exclusive interview, she told me: I think all of them are brilliant hosts. And Im friends with everyone.
I think the most important thing is for everyone to be in the room and everyone to have an opportunity.
“Its the same when it comes to the gender pay gap. I just think it comes down to you should get paid what youre worth.
Some have criticised ITV for missing the opportunity to diversify after Laura was chosen over ethic minority candidates
It doesnt matter what your gender is, what your race is, everyone is equal and everyone should have equal opportunity.
Laura, who landed in Cape Town today to start work on the show, famously dates the programmes voiceover man Iain Stirling.
But she says if her life had panned out differently and she hadnt met the Scottish funnyman, she wouldnt have been throwing her name in the hat for the ITV2 series.
However Laura has dismissed the criticism, saying it doesnt matter what your gender is, what your race is, everyone is equal and everyone should have equal opportunity
Caroline Flack announced that she was stepping down as Love Island host in December after being charged with assault
She joked: I dont think I would do. I think Id probably spend the whole time sleeping.
“Like anytime I go away on a girls’ holiday, I sleep all day. Nobody wants to see that.
Well, with the lack of nookie shown on screen in the last two series, its not far off that…
Laura admits she wouldn’t have thrown her name in the hat for Caroline’s replacement if she weren’t dating the show’s voiceover man Iain Stirling