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Laura Whitmore has stepped down as the Love Island host - but who will be the next presenter to take over the hosting duties?
The mum-of-one, who is also married to Love Island’s iconic narrator Iain Stirling, announced in an Instagram post that she initially only signed up to host the show for a limited time after her good friend and late host Caroline Flack stepped away from the role.
In her post, however, she did spark speculation that a new presenter for the 2023 series has already been selected after reassuring fans: “You’ll be in safe hands.”
It wasn’t long before names began circulating online, with fans putting forward hosts they would love to see present the upcoming series.
So, who will be the new Love Island host in 2023?
Love Island 2022 star Tasha has been added into the running of potential new hosts for the dating show.
William Hill has backed Tasha 25-1 after she became one of this year's fan-favourite contestants. The dancer was the show's first-ever deaf cast member, quickly finding love in the villa with Andrew Le Page, who she's since moved in with.
The couple finished fourth on the show.
The Turkish actress quickly became a nation-favourite during her time in the villa, so it’s no surprise fans want to see her back in her element.
Love Island 2019 bombshell Maura Higgins is also a favourite to host the new series after making an iconic appearance on the show three years ago.
It’s no surprise that fans are eager to see some Love Island royalty hosting the new series - after all, who knows the villa and the show better?
TV host Maya Jama has long been a favourite to present the dating show, with fans petitioning for her to sign up for years.
Now that the hosting spot is open, fans are more eager than ever to see the DJ take over the hosting duties for the dating series.
Love Island fans are also eager to see AJ Odudu take over hosting duties for the new 2023 series.
The TV presenter has already gained a huge following from hosting Married at First Sight: Afters as well as Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast.
Another fan-favourite name circulating online to take over hosting duties on Love Island is TV presenter Emily Atack.
Some people even pointed out her long history on ITV as she fronts her very own sketch show on the channel and has long been on the Celebrity Juice panel.
There have been rumours swirling that Made In Chelsea's Sam Thompson and Love Island alum Zara McDermott could take over as the new hosts for the ITV2 dating show.
This comes as Laura Whitmore and husband Iain Stirling, who has been the narrator of the show since it first aired, have been busy raising their baby girl - so some guesses have been thrown behind Sam and Zara becoming the new Love Island power couple.
What do you reckon?
The Irish rugby player told RSVP Live: "I’m throwing my hat in the ring - there has never been a male presenter of Love Island and I’d love to do it.
"I’ve plenty of experience presenting live TV and the show is pre recorded so that would be easy. Also I won the show so I know how it works, and a man has never presented it."
Keep your eyes peeled on this page for more updates on the new Love Island host!