‘Maya Jama, your time is now!’: Love Island fans waste no time in picking a replacement for Caroline Flack (and cheeky Rick Edwards throws his hat into the ring!)
Fans have called for Maya Jama to replace Caroline Flack on Love Island, after the show host was charged with assault on Friday morning.
The presenter, 25, quickly became the front runner to take over the position from the TV personality, 40, after news of a fight at the home Caroline shares with boyfriend Lewis Burton raised questions about her future in TV.
Caroline is currently slated to launch the winter edition of ITV’s Love Island in South Africa from the start of January, but viewers wasted no time in choosing who should take over the role, and Rick Edwards even threw his hat into the ring.
‘Maya Jama, your time is now!’: Love Island fans wasted no time in picking a replacement for Caroline Flack on Friday after she was charged with assault
In the early hours of Thursday morning, six police cars were seen outside Caroline’s London home.
A man, believed to be Flack’s boyfriend, Lewis Burton, was treated for injuries, but his condition is not thought to be serious.
A spokesman for Caroline Flack told PA news agency in a statement: ‘We confirm that police attended Caroline’s home following a private domestic incident.
‘She is co-operating with the appropriate people to resolve matters. We will not be making any further comment for legal reasons.’
Host: The TV personality, who has been presenting Love Island and its spin-off show Aftersun since 2015, is scheduled to jet off to South Africa for a winter Love Island in the New Year
Arrested: Flack, 40, was arrested and charged with assault by beating on Friday following a fight at the London home she shares with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27 (pictured in November)
Up for the challenge: TV presenter Rick Edwards made a cheeky remark following the news, as he wrote: ‘Well, ITV2. I’m pretty free in January’
Funnyman: Shortly after expressing his interest, Rick said that he got a ‘VERY quick’ response from his agent, and joked that he thought ‘she’d be supportive of me trying to get work’
Fans took to Twitter to explain who they wanted to replace Caroline, and gushed over Maya and claimed she was the best person for the job.
Putting their point across succinctly, one said, ‘MAYA JAMA YOUR TIME IS NOW’, while another kept things simple by explaining, ‘Maya Jama > Caroline Flack.’
Taking a light-hearted approach to the news, another said: ‘if love island get rid of caroline flack and give us maya jama everyones skin will clear up, the planet will be saved, the ocean will be clean, world hunger solved. I could go on.’
While one fan shared a video of Maya strutting down the street in a glamorous dress and wrote: ‘There’s only one woman who can replace Caroline Flack on Love Island, am I right ladies @mayajama’
TV presenter Rick Edwards made a cheeky remark following the news, as he wrote: ‘Well, ITV2. I’m pretty free in January, I’ll happily travel to South Africa, and I’ve never been charged with assault.’
Hopeful: Fans took to Twitter to explain who they wanted to replace Caroline, and gushed over Maya and claimed she was the best person for the job
Other people who were suggested to take over the position include Gemma Collins, Emily Atack, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, Laura Whitmore, Amber Rose Gill, and even Geordie Shore’s Scotty T.
One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Now that Caroline flacks is a criminal I think it’s only fair for GC Gemma collz to be the loveisland presenter.’
While another said of the TOWIE star, ‘can today’s silver lining PLEASE be gemma collins to replace caroline flack as presenter of love island ? (sic)’
Suggesting several people for the job, one continued: ‘Either @MayaJama @EmAtack or @thewhitmore should definitely present #LoveIsland for sure time for a change get rid of Caroline @itv2’
And one viewer jokingly wrote: ‘for real. the new #loveisland starts soon. @AmberRoseGill can present the show while the flack deals with her uhm… legal troubles.’
Choices: Other people who were suggested to take over the position include Gemma Collins, Emily Atack, Ant and Dec, Laura Whitmore, Amber Rose Gill, and even Geordie Shore’s Scotty T
Comment: A spokesman for Flack told PA news agency in a statement, ‘She is co-operating with the appropriate people to resolve matters’ (pictured on December 11)
Common assault according to the UK Sentencing Council
Common assault (section 39, Criminal Justice Act 1988)
A person is guilty of common assault if they either inflict violence on another person – however slight this might be – or make that person think they are about to be attacked.
They do not have to be physically violent – for example, threatening words or a raised fist could lead the victim to believe they are going to be attacked – and that is enough for the crime to have been committed. Other acts like spitting at someone may also classed as common assault.
The offence covers both intentional and reckless acts. For example, the offender may not have intended to cause the victim to think an attack was imminent but if they behaved in way that was likely to make the victim think they were about to be attacked, and they didn’t care what effect that behaviour would have, the offender is guilty of the offence.
If violence is used in a common assault, it is called a “battery” and the perpetrator would be charged with “assault by beating”. This does not however, mean that the victim was actually ‘beaten up’ or even hit or kicked – it could be that they were pushed, grabbed or spat at. The victim may not therefore have suffered any physical injury, and if any injury was caused, it would need to be quite minor to fall under common assault.
The maximum sentence allowed by law for common assault is six months imprisonment, and cases can only be heard in the magistrates’ court. If the assault is racially or religiously aggravated, the maximum sentence is two years imprisonment and cases can be heard in the Crown Court as well.
A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline on Friday: ‘Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating. She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 December.
‘This follows an incident at approximately 05:25hrs on Thursday, 12 December after reports of a man being assaulted. He was not seriously injured.’
The man was treated by paramedics and a London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called yesterday (Thursday 12 December) at 5.28am to reports of a person unwell in Islington.
‘We sent an ambulance to the scene and took a person to hospital.’
Police said he had ‘sustained injuries’. The spokesman added: ‘Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.
‘A man sustained injuries, which are not thought to be serious. A woman was arrested at the location on suspicion of actual bodily harm.’
Should ITV bosses go in the direction of hiring a new presenter for winter Love Island their decision will prove costly, as all of her promotional material for the dating show will need to be reshot.
Insiders previously confirmed to MailOnline that staff working on the show are jetting off to Cape Town, South Africa, on New Year’s Day (January 1) and have a week to prepare before the official anticipated launch on January 8.
Caroline and her tennis player and model boyfriend Lewis have been in a relationship since July.
Their relationship seemed to be on the rocks when they in a furious argument during their Spanish holiday in October.
Caroline was pictured engaging in a tense discussion with Lewis as they sat on board a luxury vessel while out at sea with a group of their friends in Ibiza.
A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating. She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 December’ (pictured in October)
Problems: Their relationship seemed to be on the rocks when they in a furious argument during their Spanish holiday in October
In August, a source told The Sun the couple that Caroline and Lewis had ‘really hit it off’ after being ‘introduced through mutual friends.’
Lewis is currently signed to Select Model Management following his stint as a professional tennis player.
The hunk began playing the sport at the tender age of seven, and reached a career high when he played the final of the boys’ doubles with George Morgan at Wimbledon in 2010.
Lewis played his last game in professional tennis with Marcus Willis at the Great Britain F2 in Sunderland back in January 2015.
Former flame: Andrew and Caroline, pictured together in July 2018, split last year after a much-publicised volatile relationship
Earlier this year, Caroline embarked on a short-lived romance with rugby player Danny Cipriani, 31, before their relationship fizzled out in May. She was previously engaged to Apprentice star Andrew Brady for just under a year back in 2018.
She previously romanced stars such as former X Factor co-star Olly Murs, 35, musician Harry Styles, 25, and music manager Jack Street, 31.
Last month, Caroline was forced to shut down rumours that she and Lewis were engaged to one another, with her rep saying it’s ‘100% not true.’
While celebrating her 40th birthday that month, she addressed the milestone birthday in an Instagram Story, admitting she was ‘utterly grateful’ for everything.
Making changes: Andrew Brady, 29, recently covered a tattoo of Caroline Flack’s initials which he had on his wrist to mark a year since the pair’s ‘toxic’ relationship ended
She wrote: ‘Jesus… Last day of my 30s …. and what a ride it’s been so far,’ she wrote. ‘Feeling so utterly grateful for EVERYTHING in my life right now.’
The news comes just weeks after Caroline’s ex Andrew Brady branded their relationship toxic.
He went on Instagram to reveal he had covered a tattoo of her initials which he had on his wrist to mark a year since the pair’s relationship ended.
The former Apprentice star, 29, took to Instagram as he visited Bondi Ink to have the ‘CF’ covered with the shape of Australia.
Speaking out: The former Apprentice star said leaving the relationship ‘probably saved my life’ as he took to Instagram to chat about his past
Andrew was engaged to Caroline, 40, last year but since they split – which he said ‘probably saved his life’ – he has relocated to Sydney.
In a series of stories Andrew smiled as he prepared to go under the needle and wrote a message to explain why he decided to get some new ink.
He wrote: ‘It’s exactly a year tomorrow since I left a very toxic relationship and got away.
‘Leaving probably saved my life. I mark it one year on by doing something I should have done a while ago’
After having his new tattoo Andrew shared another video where he thanks Bondi Ink for ‘covering up this absolute monstrosity.’
He continued: ‘So moral of the story is don’t get your partner’s initials tattooed on you because when it all goes t**s up you’re gonna have to get it covered up.’
CAROLINE FLACK’S HISTORY OF TOYBOY LOVERS
Prince Harry, aged 34
Short fling? Caroline revealed she was introduced to Prince Harry by their mutual friend Natalie Pinkham in 2009
Close: Caroline candidly admitted she nearly slept with Olly Murs when they presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011
- Caroline revealed she was introduced to Prince Harry by their mutual friend Natalie Pinkham, a Formula One correspondent for Sky Sports
- Sparks flew when the pair enjoyed a night out a decade ago in 2009, shortly after Caroline had split from another ex
- She later penned in her book: ‘Once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other
Olly Murs, aged 35
- Caroline candidly admitted she nearly slept with Olly when they presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011
- They shared a kiss as they toasted her Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Award with a private moment in the photobooth in November 2015
- The pair’s on-screen chemistry was all everyone could talk about when they hosted The Xtra Factor together from 2011 until 2012
Toyboy lover: Back in 2011, Caroline was 31 when she started romancing 17-year-old Harry Styles
Harry Styles, aged 25
- Back in 2011, Caroline was 31 when she started romancing 17-year-old Harry
- The television host admitted she knew the singer had a crush on her before she pursued a romance with the heartthrob
- She said of their brief fling in The Sun on Sunday: ‘I already knew that he had a crush on me, he’s made it pretty obvious as he’s said it in magazines. I’ve never felt I was much older than Harry. I still feel 18 and I probably act that way half the time’
Short-lived: The Love Island host caught music manager Jack Street’s eye when he was only 26 years old
Wedding bells: Caroline and Andrew Brady got engaged in April 2018 before calling it quits later that year
Jack Street, aged 31
- The Love Island host caught Jack’s eye when he was only 26 years old
- Caroline and Jack’s love story goes back until 2014 and the couple dated happily for 18 months before their abrupt split.
- They briefly rekindled the flames of their love in 2015 but the damage couldn’t be repaired and they went their separate ways for good
Andrew Brady, aged 28
Smooch: In January, Caroline and Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard were pictured looking extremely cosy with during the National Television Awards’ after-party
- Caroline was 38 while Andrew was 27 when they first started dating
- The Love Island personality and the Apprentice star had a rocky on/off romance which had a heartbreaking end for the pair of them
- The couple got engaged in April 2018 after just a few weeks of dating but they separated from each other a numerous times last year
- Now Andrew has jetted off to Australia on a one-way ticket to get a fresh start in 2019 after they finally called it quits on their romance forever
AJ Pritchard, aged 24
- In January, Caroline and the Strictly dancer were pictured looking extremely cosy with during the National Television Awards’ after-party
- Insiders at the bash claimed the duo moved around for some privacy before they were spotted in the alleged clinch behind the scenes
- The pair, who reportedly snogged during the star-studded bash at London’s O2 Arena, denied rumours of a romance despite their close display
Hunk: The presenter is said to have dated Danny Cipriani for around eight weeks earlier this year
Danny Cipriani, aged 31
- The presenter is said to have dated the sportsman, 31, for around eight weeks earlier this year
- They were were seen kissing after a two-night hotel stay back in April, but ended things shortly after as sources say Caroline feared there was no long-term future
- An insider previously said: ‘Caroline and Danny had a lot of fun together and she’s very fond of him – but long-term it wasn’t going to work’
- ‘They’ve decided to end it and stay friends. Caroline has a busy summer ahead of her and is already moving on by dating other people
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