LAURA Whitmore has signed up to present a new dating show, just ten weeks after leaving Love Island and slamming the “exhausting and tough” programme.
The Irish host will narrate Date Night for Amazon Prime Video, a series that follows singles as they hunt for love through a dating app.
Laura announced she was leaving Love Island on August 22 after a record-breaking eighth series for ITV2, where Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Culculoglu were crowned winners.
She wrote online: “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.”
But later the mum-of-one, who is married to show narrator Iain Stirling, delved deeper.
On the Distraction Pieces podcast Laura said: “I had to also think about it for my own mental health side, because I love the show, but it comes with a lot of s**t.
“It’s a bit exhausting and it’s tough. I saw when Caroline Flack worked on the show what she got every year and I never knew how she handled it. I always thought, ‘Jesus, she’s so strong.'”
In Laura’s new show Date Night, singles will look for love using a bespoke app from the comfort of their sofas, alongside their friends and family.
They will swipe through options on their TV screens then can consult with their nearest and dearest on how to craft the perfect messages.
If they make it to a real life date, every look, flirtatious comment, and awkward remark will be beamed back to that same TV screen for the friends and families to view back home.
Richard Bond from producers Dragonfly Film & TV, said: “Date Night is an innovative new format that will resonate with the millions of people who have been swiping left and right in the hope of finding love over the past decade.”
Laura began fronting Love Island in 2020 following the death of former presenter Caroline Flack.
Maya Jama will now take over the job.
When the Don’t Hate The Playaz presenter announced the news, Laura commented online: “Yes girl!! So delighted for you! You’re gonna be fab,” with a red heart emoji.