Laura Whitmore has responded to claims by a former Love Island contestant who stated she had landed the presenting job on the fact present due to her husband Iain Stirling. Ex-contestant Rachel Finni slated Laura’s abilities as she stated she was ‘gutted’ the star was forged to host the ITV2 present.
The 36-year-old Irish TV presenter appeared dumbfounded over the accusation and highlighted a poisonous tradition of girls slamming different girls. Laura, who’s married to Love Island narrator Iain, 34, has hosted the programme since January 2020 – when she took the reins from Caroline Flack, who tragically took her personal life.
But Rachel, 29, discussing her time on Love Island on Murad Merali’s YouTube channel, stated she’d hoped for the present to be fronted by another person, the Mirror studies. She stated: “I’m kind of gutted Laura Whitmore is hosting it though, I thought we’d get a Maya Jama or AJ Odudu.”
She then cuttingly quipped: “The benefits you get from being married to the narrator, ‘cause she’s not a great host.” Her comments hit a nerve, as Laura then took to her Instagram stories in response as she answered questions from fans.
Defending herself, the TV star said: “I’m not going to give too much energy to it because there’s always stuff like this and you kind of just brush it off but I think we need to be careful when we discuss women and their work. I’ve worked in telly for 14 years.
“I won a competition to be the face of MTV and have stayed working from job to job. I’ve done incredible things all over the world, I’ve worked with the best teams, but I’ve never got a job because of a guy I dated.”
She continued: “And it’s horrible when you see it coming from other women because for so many years women have talked about who they are going out with. They’re only defined by who they are going out with, despite all the work and build up leading up to that and they are their own individual person, with their own experience.”
The mum-of-one added: “It’s a shame because I think we’re never really going to have full power and empowerment as a sex if we keep doing that.” YouTuber Murad also didn’t hold Laura in high regard and said her appointment as the host of the show reeked of nepotism.
Her presenting skills have divided Love Island fans in the past. And viewers won’t have to wait too long to see her in action again, as the reality dating programme is set to return on June 6 on ITV2.