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Laura Whitmore ‘quits high-profile BBC Radio 5 show’ after four years

Love Island host Laura Whitmore has reportedly ditched her role as a radio presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live, after heading up her own show for four years.

The 37 year old star will no longer be returning to front The Laura Whitmore Show on the station when her time on the latest series of Love Island comes to an end.

Speaking about the exit, A TV insider told The Sun that: “Love Island has given her huge exposure and a healthy pay packet and she’s now going to exploit that to the max.

“Laura has already hinted she has other projects in the pipeline and she can’t find the time to continue with all her roles."

“So something had to go, and it’s sad for listeners that this is what’s been jettisoned as she moves onwards and upwards," they added.

Confirming the exit, Heidi Dawson, the controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “Laura has made the difficult decision to leave after a brilliant four years.

“We’d like to thank her for the energy, insight and humour she has brought to this programme and look forward to working with her again in the near future.”

OK! has also reached out to Laura's representatives for comment.

The Dublin-born DJ had been a popular addition to the BBC radio slate for a number of years after she first joined Radio 5 Live back in 2018.

The TV star, who shares a daughter with Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, is best known for her role as Love Island’s host since taking over the iconic role from the late Caroline Flack in 2020.

Alongside this, she has also featured in ads for high profile brands such as Nintendo and was even given a captaincy role on the now-cancelled ITV2 series Celebrity Juice.

While her time on Love Island has made her a household name, the star also attracted criticism last month after it was revealed that she had only appeared on screen for under 14 minutes so far, despite receiving a rumoured £600,000 fee to front the programme.

That’s the equivalent of £744 per second for her work.

However despite criticisms, Laura hit back at moaners this week as she explained that despite a minimal amount of screen time, there are hours of work behind the scenes that go into every appearance.

She said: “They see you on telly for ten minutes, but they have no idea how much work has gone into that — especially with telly.”

Laura did return to the villa on Tuesday night however to deliver the shock news to the Islanders that all contestants were eligible for elimination and risked being dumped from the villa.

Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm.

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