‘Why don’t we like women earning money?’ Laura Whitmore, 37, hits back at fans who call her ‘dull’ and say she is ‘too old’ to be the host of Love Island
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Laura Whitmore has hit back at fans who call her ‘dull’ and say she is ‘too old’ to be the host of Love Island.
The Irish presenter, 37, took to Instagram to share a short clip addressing comments she frequently receives about her job – ahead of the ITV2 show’s eighth series airing on Monday.
At the start of the minute-long video, she said: ‘Shall we get this out of the way, then we can enjoy the juicy bits! See ya Monday.’
Trolls: Laura Whitmore has hit back at fans who call her ‘dull’ and say she is ‘too old’ to be the host of Love Island
She started with one online comment that said: ‘I think its ridiculous that Laura flies back and forth – send the guests there!’
Her response was: ‘The villa is Mallorca and Aftersun is London. This is the situation for any host, always has been. I have it in my contract to offset carbon emissions.’
She then touched on what she is paid for hosting Love Island, as one online comment said: ‘Laura has the easiest job on the telly! She gets paid £50k a minute. It’s an outrage!’
At the start of the minute-long video, she said: ‘Shall we get this out of the way, then we can enjoy the juicy bits! See ya Monday’
An angry Laura replied by stating how her husband Iain Stirling doesn’t receive the same comments for his role as voiceover on the show.
The host said: ‘Firstly, Iain has never had attention on money he earns. Why don’t we like women earning money?
Lauren then added: ‘I b****y wish I earned what was written in the press! I only get paid days I work.’
Angry: The Irish presenter, 37, took to Instagram to share a short clip addressing comments she frequently receives about her job – ahead of the ITV2 show’s eighth series airing on Monday
Laura then hit back at the trolls calling her ‘boring’ or ‘dull’, after sharing the hurtful online comments: ‘She’s so boring. Why doesn’t she ask more? What’s with all the pauses!?’
Her response was: ‘Drama baby! If I wasn’t on hosting duties I would be having full on banter.
‘But I can’t I need to stay as impartial as possible and trust the process. Last year with social distancing I couldn’t even give them a hug! And I am a hugger.’
Lastly, she addressed ageist comments that she was ‘too old’ for the show, saying: ‘I don’t plan to date the Love Islanders. I am the HOST. Age means experience and it’s a privilege.’
Love Island 2022 FIRST LOOK: Laura Whitmore rocks a chic red ensemble for the launch night episode as she welcomes the islanders to the new villa
With less than 24 hours to go until Love Island returns for its eighth series, fans have been given a sneak peek of the first episode ahead of its broadcast on Monday night.
In new photos, host Laura looks sensational in a red two piece as she welcomes the latest batch of dating hopefuls to the Mallorca villa.
The presenter wears a heart-shaped cut-out top with matching hot pants and towering wedge heels.
It’s back: With less than 24 hours to go until Love Island returns for its eighth series, fans have been given a sneak peek of the first episode ahead of its broadcast on Monday night (Gemma Owen pictured left, Indiyah Polack pictured right)
Round eight: The images, released by ITV2, also show the Islanders on their first day in their new abode (Tasha Ghouri pictured left, Paige Thorne pictured right)
The images, released by ITV2, also show the Islanders on their first day in their new abode.
As Laura gets down to the nitty gritty, the girls gather around the famed firepit to hear what they have in store.
During the first episode of previous series, the girls have been asked to step forward if they find a boy attractive on their arrival.
Inked: During the first episode of previous series, the girls have been asked to step forward if they find a boy attractive on their arrival (Luca Bish pictured)
TV stint: ‘I don’t know how my grandma is going to feel if I find my wife on a TV show! I’m winging it, I’ll see,’ said contestant Dami Hope
Set to impress from day dot, the ladies hoping to find love this summer – Gemma Owen, Indiyah Polack, Paige Thorne, Tasha Ghouri and Amber Beckford – sport different colour bikinis and boost their frames with sandals.
Meanwhile, Dami Hope, Liam Llewellyn, Davide Sanclimenti, Ikenna Ekwonna, Andrew Le Page and Luca Bish – this year’s single boys – all flashed dazzling smiles as they made ab-flashing, tattoo-baring entrances.
The new Love Island villa is the biggest ever – boasting an infinity pool, huge bedrooms, and panoramic views of Mallorca.
Exciting: The new Love Island villa is the biggest ever – boasting an infinity pool, huge bedrooms, and panoramic views of Mallorca
Love Island producers confirmed to MailOnline that while food-eating challenges have been scrapped, sex is still on the menu, and they will assess each moment of pleasure between the Islanders on a case-by-case basis.
Asked by MailOnline if the 2022 series will show sex scenes unlike last year, executive producer Mike Spencer admitted there was no black out ban in place.
He said: ‘We don’t decide anything in advance. You just don’t know until you see the footage, genuinely, we are so reactive we are cutting around the clock.
‘If something happens, we are cutting it overnight so until you see something it is hard to make a judgment and you just have to go with what is right.
‘The show does get it right, it’s suggestive and funny, music is a massive thing, and we will continue to do that but until we see it it’s difficult to tell and it depends on who it is.’
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6 June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Liam Llewellyn
Location: Newport, South Wales
Occupation: Masters Student
Who is their type on paper? ’22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to grow together.
Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you’re in with a load of different types so you can get to grips with what you really like.’
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’
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