Love Island host Laura Whitmore LEAVES her BBC Radio 5 live show

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Laura Whitmore has left her BBC Radio 5 Live presentation gig.

The DJ, 37, will not return to her Sunday show after the current series of Love Island ended in August.

Its eponymous program has been running for four years and according to The sunLaura is keen to make the most of becoming a household name on television following the exposure it has given her.

Hang up the headphones: Love Island host Laura Whitmore has quit her BBC Radio 5 Live presenting gig, sources say she plans to focus on her TV presenting work

Heidi Dawson, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, told MailOnline: ‘Laura has made the difficult decision to leave after four brilliant years.

“We would like to thank her for the energy, insight and humor she brought to this program and look forward to working with her again in the near future.”

A TV insider also told The Sun: ‘Love Island has given her huge exposure and a good salary, and now she’s going to exploit that to the fullest.’

Exciting: The presenter is keen to make the most of becoming a household name after the exposure Love Island has given her (pictured hosting the show on Tuesday)

Exciting: The presenter is keen to make the most of becoming a household name after the exposure Love Island has given her (pictured hosting the show on Tuesday)

“Laura has already hinted that she has other projects going on and can’t find the time to continue with all of her roles.

“So something had to go, and it’s sad for the listeners that that’s what was dropped as she moves forward and up.”

The Irish star, who is married and has a daughter with Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, launched her weekly program in 2018.

She started leading the hit dating show in 2020, followed by a contract with Nintendo to star in one of their commercials and a captaincy role in ITV2’s now canceled Celebrity Juice.

Missing host: Last month it was reported that Lauren had appeared in just 14 minutes of Love Island this series despite reportedly earning £600,000 to host the show

Missing host: Last month it was reported that Lauren had appeared in just 14 minutes of Love Island this series despite reportedly earning £600,000 to host the show

Last month, The Sun revealed that for a combined 27 hours of on-screen Love Island footage, she only featured for 14 minutes – despite reportedly being paid £600,000.

The star has since made several other appearances on the show, including hosting the post-Casa Amor recoupling.

Laura’s absence hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans, with one taking to Twitter to ask, “Where’s Laura Whitmore??? She sure isn’t being paid for this #LoveIsland gig.

Another person asked, “Where the hell is Laura Whitmore?” What is she paid for? #LoveIsland.’

Behind closed doors ?  Last month it was reported that for a combined 27 hours of on-screen Love Island footage, she only featured for 14 minutes

Behind closed doors ? Last month it was reported that for a combined 27 hours of on-screen Love Island footage, she only featured for 14 minutes

“We haven’t seen Laura since the first episode, where is she?” Asked another viewer.

While someone else posted: ‘So where’s Laura Whitmore? Doesn’t she like this show? #LoveIsland.’

And another member of the public asked, “Where is Laura? All these texts sound stupid #loveisland.’

A Love Island spokesperson said: ‘As regular Love Island viewers know, the host has never appeared in all episodes of the show. As always, Laura’s next arrival will be a surprise to islanders and viewers alike.

MailOnline contacted a representative for Laura for further comment at the time.

As well as the main show, Laura also hosts Aftersun on ITV2 every Sunday.

The Irish presenter has previously taken to TikTok to share a short clip addressing the comments she frequently receives about her work – ahead of the start of this year’s series.

Is there anyone here?  Laura's absence hasn't gone unnoticed by fans, with one taking to Twitter to ask:

Is there anyone here? Laura’s absence hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans, with one taking to Twitter to ask: ‘Where’s Laura Whitmore??? She sure isn’t being paid for this #LoveIsland gig’

She touched on what she gets paid to host Love Island, as one online comment put it: “Laura has the easiest job on TV!” She is paid £50,000 a minute. It is a scandal !

Referring to her husband Iain Stirling telling Love Island, the host said: “First of all, Iain never cared about the money he makes. Why don’t we just love women make money?

This comes after it was announced that Love Island will return for two new series in 2023.

The hugely popular ITV2 dating show will return for a special winter edition in January before the main summer season airs a few months later from the beloved Mallorca villa.

Paul Mortimer – commissioning director and reality checker, ITV2 – said: ‘Love Island has once again proven to be the nation’s favorite talking point throughout the summer, and we are still blown away by the show’s continued impact and conversation among our young viewers.

Trolls: Laura Whitmore hit back at fans calling her out

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