Love Island: Maya Jama and Emily Atack touted for hosting job

Love Island fans are calling for either Maya Jama, Laura Whitmore or Emily Atack to present the show after Caroline Flack stepped down after she was charged with assault.

Caroline, 40, announced on Tuesday that she would be stepping down from hosting the upcoming winter series of Love Island and is said to be ‘devastated’ by the decision.

Fans were quick to speculate on who will replace Caroline at the helms of the ITV2 show with Maya, 25, Laura, 34, and Emily, 29, all receiving support from viewers.

TV: Love Island fans are calling for Maya Jama, Laura Whitmore or Emily Atack to present the show after Caroline Flack stepped down after she was charged with assault (pictured in November 2019)

TV: Love Island fans are calling for Maya Jama, Laura Whitmore or Emily Atack to present the show after Caroline Flack stepped down after she was charged with assault (pictured in November 2019) 

In support of Maya, one fan wrote: ‘Caroline Flack has quit as Love Island host. That can only mean one thing… welcome Maya Jama’.

Another viewer felt Laura Whitmore, who is the girlfriend of show narrator, Iain Stirling would be a better choice: ‘Laura Whitmore is Iain’s partner so think it will be her to replace Caroline.’

However, others were in favour of Emily Atack who has recently shown off her presenting skills on I’m A Celebrity spin-off show Extra Camp.

One user wrote: ‘I’d love Emily Atack to be the new Love Island presenter’ and another said: ‘Have a feeling Emily Atack will take over [from] Caroline Flack!’

Future: Some fans thought Emily should take over from Caroline after she recently showed off her presenting chops on I'm A Celebrity's Extra Camp (pictured in October 2019)

Future: Some fans thought Emily should take over from Caroline after she recently showed off her presenting chops on I’m A Celebrity’s Extra Camp (pictured in October 2019) 

Show: Others thought that Laura, who is the girlfriend of Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, should take over (pictured in November 2019)

Show: Others thought that Laura, who is the girlfriend of Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, should take over (pictured in November 2019) 

Several other names have been suggested as a potential replacement for Caroline with Rylan Clark-Neal, Gemma Collins and Maura Higgins being some of the other contenders for the job.

With an abundance of presenting experience on shows like This Morning and Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, viewers thought Rylan would be a good choice. 

Others thought Gemma’s famous brand of humour would be perfect for the show, with one viewer writing: ‘Gemma Collins presenting Love Island is all I want to see’.

While some thought Maura was in the running when she uploaded a snap of herself on a plane, which some thought was headed for South Africa, her boyfriend Curtis Pritchard set the record straight.

Contender: With an abundance of presenting experience, viewers thought Rylan Clark would be a good choice (pictured in November 2019)

Contender: With an abundance of presenting experience, viewers thought Rylan Clark would be a good choice (pictured in November 2019) 

Speculation: Maura Higgins was suggested by many fans of the show but her boyfriend Curtis Pritchard has dismissed rumours she could be set to present

Speculation: Maura Higgins was suggested by many fans of the show but her boyfriend Curtis Pritchard has dismissed rumours she could be set to present 

Fan demand: Others thought Gemma's famous brand of humour would be perfect for the show, with one viewer writing: 'Gemma Collins presenting Love Island is all I want to see'

Fan demand: Others thought Gemma’s famous brand of humour would be perfect for the show, with one viewer writing: ‘Gemma Collins presenting Love Island is all I want to see’ 

Speaking on Hits Radio Breakfast, he said: ‘I am going to put an end to this rumour.

‘So no, she’s actually working, she’s isn’t going to do what everybody thinks she’s going to do. She’s isn’t flying out there, it just happened to be a coincidence at the timings.’

Kerry Katona waded in on the speculation and offered herself up to Love Island bosses as Caroline’s replacement.

Taking to Instagram, she jokingly wrote: ‘Pick me.. pick me!! I'll stand in!!!’ before adding: ‘mmmmm just don't think it will be the same without the flack!!! We all make mistakes!! I hope the Industry let's her back as quick as they would if it was a man.’ 

New gig?: Kerry Katona waded in on the speculation and offered herself up to Love Island bosses as Caroline's replacement (pictured in October 2019)

New gig?: Kerry Katona waded in on the speculation and offered herself up to Love Island bosses as Caroline’s replacement (pictured in October 2019) 

Job: Katie Price admitted in November that she would love to present Love Island

Job: Katie Price admitted in November that she would love to present Love Island 

Famous faces: Some thought Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly would be good replacements (pictured in May 2019)

Famous faces: Some thought Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly would be good replacements (pictured in May 2019)  

Expert: The bookies also reckon Holly Willoughby is in with a chance to present the show (pictured in December 2019)

Expert: The bookies also reckon Holly Willoughby is in with a chance to present the show (pictured in December 2019) 

Glamour: Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts has also had her name thrown into the mix (pictured in October 2018)

Glamour: Loose Women presenter Stacey Solomon has also had her name thrown into the mix (pictured in December 2019)

Glamour: Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and Loose Women presenter Stacey Solomon have also had their names thrown into the mix 

Reaction: Many Love Island fans took to social media to express support for Maya after Caroline announced she was stepping down

Reaction: Many Love Island fans took to social media to express support for Maya after Caroline announced she was stepping down 

Several other names have been speculated including ITV stalwarts Holly Willoughby, Ant & Dec as well as Ashley Roberts, Stacey Solomon and Love Island finalist Molly-Mae Hague. 

Meanwhile, some fans think that the show does not need a new host at all and would manage fine without a presenter.

One viewer wrote: ‘I personally don’t think a host isn’t needed? Iain Stirling and the text messages do a mighty job all on their own.’ 

It comes after Katie Price admitted in November in a YouTube video that she would love to take over the show.  

Opinions: Others felt either Laura or Emily were the right ones for the highly coveted job

Opinions: Others felt either Laura or Emily were the right ones for the highly coveted job 

She said: ‘I would love to present Love Island. Sorry Caroline Flack, but I would love to have your job, I would love to do Love Island, I would love it!’

The winter series of Love Island will be filmed in South Africa with ITV confirming it will begin airing on January 12.  

Caroline stepped down from the show after her arrest following a row with boyfriend Lewis Burton at her home.

Fans: Many were adamant that Rylan was the perfect person for the job

Fans: Many were adamant that Rylan was the perfect person for the job 

Hoping: Others were praying that former contestant Maura could become the host

Hoping: Others were praying that former contestant Maura could become the host 

Wish: But many also thought TOWIE's Gemma would be well-suited to the gig

Wish: But many also thought TOWIE’s Gemma would be well-suited to the gig 

Professionals: ITV favourites Ant and Dec are also seen as a good choice by some fans

Professionals: ITV favourites Ant and Dec are also seen as a good choice by some fans 

The presenter, 40, broke her silence on Instagram and wrote: ‘There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regard to my personal life.

‘While matters were not as have been reported I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can’t comment further on these matters until the legal process is over.

No new host: Other viewers thought Love Island would do just fine without a presenter

No new host: Other viewers thought Love Island would do just fine without a presenter

‘However Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order not to detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is stand down from Series 6.

Who will host Love Island now? Maya Jama is the odds-on fave

Maya Jama is the odds-on favourite at 5-6 with bookmaker Coral to present Love Island after Caroline Flack stepped down.

Replacement? Maya Jama is the odds-on favourite to host the show

Replacement? Maya Jama is the odds-on favourite to host the show

A source close to ITV has said Laura Whitmore is also being considered – she is dating the show’s voiceover, Iain Stirling. 

5-6 Maya Jama

5-2 Ant and Dec

3-1 Iain Stirling

7-2 Laura Whitmore

4-1 Rylan Clark

9-2 Gemma Collins

6-1 Holly Willoughby

8-1 Ashley Roberts

10-1 Stacey Solomon

12-1 Maura Higgins

14-1 Molly-Mae Hague

‘I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.’

Caroline continued: ‘And on a really personal level. I have never experienced such kindness and love in my whole life.

‘Not just from friends and family who are always the greatest but also from total strangers who send messages to me offering help and understanding… Please know that I see them and my boyfriend Lewis. I love you x.’

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline shortly after her post: 'ITV has a long standing relationship with Caroline and we understand and accept her decision.

‘We will remain in contact with her over the coming months about future series of Love Island.'

A source also told MailOnline: ‘The door is firmly open to Caroline.’ 

In the early hours of Thursday morning, six police cars were seen outside Caroline’s London home. 

A spokesman for the presenter said in a statement at the time: ‘We confirm that police attended Caroline’s home following a private domestic incident.

‘She is co-operating with the appropriate people to resolve matters. We will not be making any further comment for legal reasons.’ 

Fans took to Twitter at the time to explain who they wanted to replace Caroline, and gushed over Maya and claimed she was the best person for the job. 

Putting their point across succinctly, one said, ‘MAYA JAMA YOUR TIME IS NOW’, while another kept things simple by explaining, ‘Maya Jama > Caroline Flack.’ 

Quit: Caroline announced on Tuesday that she would be stepping down from hosting the upcoming winter series of Love Island and is said to be 'devastated' by the decision

Quit: Caroline announced on Tuesday that she would be stepping down from hosting the upcoming winter series of Love Island and is said to be ‘devastated’ by the decision 

Over: Caroline shared this post on Instagram on Tuesday as she broke her silence on the matter - the decision will no doubt prove to be a logistical nightmare for ITV

Over: Caroline shared this post on Instagram on Tuesday as she broke her silence on the matter – the decision will no doubt prove to be a logistical nightmare for ITV 

'I've been offered help and understanding': Caroline also thanked fans for their kindness and asserted her love for her boyfriend Lewis at the same time

‘I’ve been offered help and understanding’: Caroline also thanked fans for their kindness and asserted her love for her boyfriend Lewis at the same time

Arrested: Caroline was arrested and charged with assault by beating on Friday following a fight at the London home she shares with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27 (pictured in November)

Arrested: Caroline was arrested and charged with assault by beating on Friday following a fight at the London home she shares with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27 (pictured in November)

Up for the challenge: TV presenter Rick Edwards made a cheeky remark following the news, as he wrote: 'Well, ITV2. I'm pretty free in January'

Up for the challenge: TV presenter Rick Edwards made a cheeky remark following the news, as he wrote: ‘Well, ITV2. I’m pretty free in January’

Funnyman: Shortly after expressing his interest, Rick said that he got a 'VERY quick' response from his agent, and joked that he thought 'she'd be supportive of me trying to get work'

Funnyman: Shortly after expressing his interest, Rick said that he got a ‘VERY quick’ response from his agent, and joked that he thought ‘she’d be supportive of me trying to get work’

Taking a light-hearted approach to the news, another said: ‘if love island get rid of Caroline Flack and give us maya jama everyones skin will clear up, the planet will be saved, the ocean will be clean, world hunger solved. I could go on.’

While one fan shared a video of Maya strutting down the street in a glamorous dress and wrote: ‘There’s only one woman who can replace Caroline Flack on Love Island, am I right ladies @mayajama’

TV presenter Rick Edwards made a cheeky remark following the news, as he wrote: ‘Well, ITV2. I’m pretty free in January, I’ll happily travel to South Africa, and I’ve never been charged with assault.’ 

Hopeful: Fans took to Twitter to explain who they wanted to replace Caroline, and gushed over Maya and claimed she was the best person for the job

Hopeful: Fans took to Twitter to explain who they wanted to replace Caroline, and gushed over Maya and claimed she was the best person for the job

Other people who were suggested to take over the position include Gemma Collins, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, Amber Rose Gill, and even Geordie Shore’s Scotty T. 

One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Now that Caroline flacks is a criminal I think it's only fair for GC Gemma collz to be the loveisland presenter.’

While another said of the TOWIE star, ‘can today's silver lining PLEASE be gemma collins to replace caroline flack as presenter of love island ? (sic)’

Suggesting several people for the job, one continued: ‘Either @MayaJama @EmAtack or @thewhitmore should definitely present #LoveIsland for sure time for a change get rid of Caroline @itv2’

And one viewer jokingly wrote: ‘for real. the new #loveisland starts soon. @AmberRoseGill can present the show while the flack deals with her uhm… legal troubles.’   

Comment: A spokesman for Flack told PA news agency in a statement, 'She is co-operating with the appropriate people to resolve matters' (pictured on December 11)

Comment: A spokesman for Flack told PA news agency in a statement, ‘She is co-operating with the appropriate people to resolve matters’ (pictured on December 11) 

Common assault according to the UK Sentencing Council

Common assault (section 39, Criminal Justice Act 1988)

A person is guilty of common assault if they either inflict violence on another person – however slight this might be – or make that person think they are about to be attacked.

They do not have to be physically violent – for example, threatening words or a raised fist could lead the victim to believe they are going to be attacked – and that is enough for the crime to have been committed. Other acts like spitting at someone may also classed as common assault.

The offence covers both intentional and reckless acts. For example, the offender may not have intended to cause the victim to think an attack was imminent but if they behaved in way that was likely to make the victim think they were about to be attacked, and they didn't care what effect that behaviour would have, the offender is guilty of the offence.

If violence is used in a common assault, it is called a "battery" and the perpetrator would be charged with "assault by beating". This does not however, mean that the victim was actually 'beaten up' or even hit or kicked – it could be that they were pushed, grabbed or spat at. The victim may not therefore have suffered any physical injury, and if any injury was caused, it would need to be quite minor to fall under common assault. 

The maximum sentence allowed by law for common assault is six months imprisonment, and cases can only be heard in the magistrates' court. If the assault is racially or religiously aggravated, the maximum sentence is two years imprisonment and cases can be heard in the Crown Court as well.  

A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline on Friday: ‘Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating. She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Monday, 23 December.

‘This follows an incident at approximately 05:25hrs on Thursday, 12 December after reports of a man being assaulted. He was not seriously injured.’

The man was treated by paramedics and a London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called yesterday (Thursday 12 December) at 5.28am to reports of a person unwell in Islington.

‘We sent an ambulance to the scene and took a person to hospital.’

Police said he had ‘sustained injuries’. The spokesman added: ‘Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

‘A man sustained injuries, which are not thought to be serious. A woman was arrested at the location on suspicion of actual bodily harm.’  

Should ITV bosses go in the direction of hiring a new presenter for winter Love Island their decision will prove costly, as all of her promotional material for the dating show will need to be reshot.

Insiders previously confirmed to MailOnline that staff working on the show are jetting off to Cape Town, South Africa, on New Year’s Day (January 1).

Caroline and her tennis player and model boyfriend Lewis have been in a relationship since July. 

Their relationship seemed to be on the rocks when they in a furious argument during their Spanish holiday in October.

Caroline was pictured engaging in a tense discussion with Lewis as they sat on board a luxury vessel while out at sea with a group of their friends in Ibiza. 

A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline: 'Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating. She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates¿ Court on Monday, 23 December' (pictured in October)

A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating. She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Monday, 23 December’ (pictured in October)

Problems: Their relationship seemed to be on the rocks when they in a furious argument during their Spanish holiday in October

Problems: Their relationship seemed to be on the rocks when they in a furious argument during their Spanish holiday in October

In August, a source told The Sun the couple that Caroline and Lewis had 'really hit it off' after being 'introduced through mutual friends.'

Lewis is currently signed to Select Model Management following his stint as a professional tennis player.

The hunk began playing the sport at the tender age of seven, and reached a career high when he played the final of the boys’ doubles with George Morgan at Wimbledon in 2010.

Lewis played his last game in professional tennis with Marcus Willis at the Great Britain F2 in Sunderland back in January 2015.

Former flame: Andrew and Caroline, pictured together in July 2018, split last year after a much-publicised volatile relationship

Former flame: Andrew and Caroline, pictured together in July 2018, split last year after a much-publicised volatile relationship 

Earlier this year, Caroline embarked on a short-lived romance with rugby player Danny Cipriani, 31, before their relationship fizzled out in May. She was previously engaged to Apprentice star Andrew Brady for just under a year back in 2018.

She previously romanced stars such as former X Factor co-star Olly Murs, 35, musician Harry Styles, 25, and music manager Jack Street, 31. 

Last month, Caroline was forced to shut down rumours that she and Lewis were engaged to one another, with her rep saying it’s ‘100% not true.’ 

While celebrating her 40th birthday that month, she addressed the milestone birthday in an Instagram Story, admitting she was 'utterly grateful' for everything. 

Making changes: Andrew Brady, 29, recently covered a tattoo of Caroline Flack's initials which he had on his wrist to mark a year since the pair's 'toxic' relationship ended

Making changes: Andrew Brady, 29, recently covered a tattoo of Caroline Flack’s initials which he had on his wrist to mark a year since the pair’s ‘toxic’ relationship ended

She wrote: 'Jesus… Last day of my 30s …. and what a ride it's been so far,' she wrote. 'Feeling so utterly grateful for EVERYTHING in my life right now.’ 

The news comes just weeks after Caroline’s ex Andrew Brady branded their relationship toxic.

He went on Instagram to reveal he had covered a tattoo of her initials which he had on his wrist to mark a year since the pair’s relationship ended.

The former Apprentice star, 29, took to Instagram as he visited Bondi Ink to have the ‘CF’ covered with the shape of Australia. 

Speaking out: The former Apprentice star said leaving the relationship 'probably saved my life' as he took to Instagram to chat about his past

Speaking out: The former Apprentice star said leaving the relationship ‘probably saved my life’ as he took to Instagram to chat about his past

Andrew was engaged to Caroline last year but since they split – which he said ‘probably saved his life’ – he has relocated to Sydney

In a series of stories Andrew smiled as he prepared to go under the needle and wrote a message to explain why he decided to get some new ink.

He wrote: ‘It’s exactly a year tomorrow since I left a very toxic relationship and got away. 

‘Leaving probably saved my life. I mark it one year on by doing something I should have done a while ago’ 

After having his new tattoo Andrew shared another video where he thanks Bondi Ink for ‘covering up this absolute monstrosity.’

He continued: ‘So moral of the story is don’t get your partner’s initials tattooed on you because when it all goes t**s up you’re gonna have to get it covered up.’ 

CAROLINE FLACK’S HISTORY OF TOYBOY LOVERS 

Prince Harry, aged 34

Short fling? Caroline revealed she was introduced to Prince Harry by their mutual friend Natalie Pinkham in 2009

Short fling? Caroline revealed she was introduced to Prince Harry by their mutual friend Natalie Pinkham in 2009

Close: Caroline candidly admitted she nearly slept with Olly Murs when they presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011

Close: Caroline candidly admitted she nearly slept with Olly Murs when they presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011

  • Caroline revealed she was introduced to Prince Harry by their mutual friend Natalie Pinkham, a Formula One correspondent for Sky Sports
  • Sparks flew when the pair enjoyed a night out a decade ago in 2009, shortly after Caroline had split from another ex
  • She later penned in her book: ‘Once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other 

Olly Murs, aged 35

  • Caroline candidly admitted she nearly slept with Olly when they presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011
  • They shared a kiss as they toasted her Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Award with a private moment in the photobooth in November 2015
  • The pair’s on-screen chemistry was all everyone could talk about when they hosted The Xtra Factor together from 2011 until 2012 
Toyboy lover: Back in 2011, Caroline was 31 when she started romancing 17-year-old Harry Styles

Toyboy lover: Back in 2011, Caroline was 31 when she started romancing 17-year-old Harry Styles

Harry Styles, aged 25

  • Back in 2011, Caroline was 31 when she started romancing 17-year-old Harry
  • The television host admitted she knew the singer had a crush on her before she pursued a romance with the heartthrob 
  • She said of their brief fling in The Sun on Sunday: ‘I already knew that he had a crush on me, he’s made it pretty obvious as he’s said it in magazines. I’ve never felt I was much older than Harry. I still feel 18 and I probably act that way half the time’ 
Short-lived: The Love Island host caught music manager Jack Street's eye when he was only 26 years old

Short-lived: The Love Island host caught music manager Jack Street’s eye when he was only 26 years old

Wedding bells: Caroline and Andrew Brady got engaged in April 2018 before calling it quits later that year

Wedding bells: Caroline and Andrew Brady got engaged in April 2018 before calling it quits later that year

Jack Street, aged 31 

  • The Love Island host caught Jack’s eye when he was only 26 years old
  • Caroline and Jack’s love story goes back until 2014 and the couple dated happily for 18 months before their abrupt split.
  • They briefly rekindled the flames of their love in 2015 but the damage couldn’t be repaired and they went their separate ways for good

 

Andrew Brady, aged 28 

Smooch: In January, Caroline and Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard were pictured looking extremely cosy with during the National Television Awards' after-party

Smooch: In January, Caroline and Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard were pictured looking extremely cosy with during the National Television Awards’ after-party

  • Caroline was 38 while Andrew was 27 when they first started dating
  • The Love Island personality and the Apprentice star had a rocky on/off romance which had a heartbreaking end for the pair of them
  • The couple got engaged in April 2018 after just a few weeks of dating but they separated from each other a numerous times last year
  • Now Andrew has jetted off to Australia on a one-way ticket to get a fresh start in 2019 after they finally called it quits on their romance forever 

 AJ Pritchard, aged 24 

  • In January, Caroline and the Strictly dancer were pictured looking extremely cosy with during the National Television Awards’ after-party 
  • Insiders at the bash claimed the duo moved around for some privacy before they were spotted in the alleged clinch behind the scenes 
  • The pair, who reportedly snogged during the star-studded bash at London's O2 Arena, denied rumours of a romance despite their close display 
Hunk: The presenter is said to have dated Danny Cipriani for around eight weeks earlier this year

Hunk: The presenter is said to have dated Danny Cipriani for around eight weeks earlier this year

Danny Cipriani, aged 31

  • The presenter is said to have dated the sportsman, 31, for around eight weeks earlier this year
  • They were were seen kissing after a two-night hotel stay back in April, but ended things shortly after as sources say Caroline feared there was no long-term future
  • An insider previously said: ‘Caroline and Danny had a lot of fun together and she's very fond of him – but long-term it wasn't going to work’
  • ‘They've decided to end it and stay friends. Caroline has a busy summer ahead of her and is already moving on by dating other people 

 

 

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