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Love Island 2021: Laura Whitmore addresses her absence from series after online criticism

Laura Whitmore has hit back at fan speculation as to why she has only entered the Love Island villa once since the show began, despite being the host. 

The presenter, 36, was not present when Brad McClelland left the show to save his partner Lucinda Strafford getting axed during Wednesday’s episode.

Although Laura didn’t specify when she would next be in the villa, she pointed out that she has been hosting spin-off show Aftersun weekly from London.

Speaking out: Laura Whitmore has hit back at fan speculation as to why she has only entered the Love Island villa once since the show began, despite being the host (pictured on Aftersun)

A Love Island viewer on Twitter asked: ‘When is @thewhitmore going back into the villa? She’s literally been in once.’

Laura responded: ‘Hosting live show from London weekly, think you’d enjoy it if you watched!

She jokingly added: ‘I’ve got great roaming package for the aul Spanish texts at the mo’.

Laura, who welcomed her daughter with husband Iain Stirling in March, previously said she will ‘fly back and forth’ between the UK and Spain with the tot.

Staying out of it: The presenter, 36, was not present when Brad McClelland left the show to save his partner Lucinda Strafford getting axed during Wednesday's episode (pictured on the launch show)

Staying out of it: The presenter, 36, was not present when Brad McClelland left the show to save his partner Lucinda Strafford getting axed during Wednesday’s episode (pictured on the launch show) 

Keeping busy: Although Laura didn't specify when she would next be in the villa, she pointed out that she has been hosting spin-off show Aftersun weekly from London

Keeping busy: Although Laura didn’t specify when she would next be in the villa, she pointed out that she has been hosting spin-off show Aftersun weekly from London

Speaking to Grazia, she said: ‘Every time I fly over, she’ll go with me because I’m breastfeeding.’

Love Island fans were left baffled when Laura failed to enter the villa yet again during Wednesday night’s episode.   

The presenter – who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host – has not been present for any of the four dumpings that have happened thus far and has only featured for 12 minutes of the programme over the last three weeks.  

Laura was forced to miss part of the first Aftersun show due to quarantining upon her return from Spain where the show is filmed.  

Elusive: Laura - who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host - has not been present for any of the four dumpings and has only featured for 12 minutes of the programme

Elusive: Laura – who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host – has not been present for any of the four dumpings and has only featured for 12 minutes of the programme 

The presenter’s absence did not go unnoticed by fans, with one joking that she must have been ‘furloughed’, while another penned they ‘totally forgot’ she was the host.

Taking to Twitter, viewers noted: ‘Laura Whitmore gets £600k to present love island and I genuinely can’t remember the last time I saw her in the villa’; ‘We haven’t seen Laura Whitmore since the first episode I just realised ??? #LoveIsland’;

‘I’ve not seen Laura whitmore enter the villa once this series ?? #LoveIsland’; ‘I feel like we haven’t had an appearance from Laura Whitmore in a while and I want her back tbh’

‘Totally forgot that laura whitmore presents this show where is she lmao??’; ‘Is Laura Whitmore on furlough this series orrr? #LoveIsland’; ‘me trying to work out where laura whitmore is #loveisland’;

‘But wait … when was the last time we saw Laura Whitmore? Thinking face #LoveIsland’; ‘is laura whitmore in this series? like at all? they just keep sending texts #loveisland’; ‘ Not Laura Whitmore getting presenter credits while never showing up #LoveIsland [sic]’ 

No show: Laura featured on episode one for the initial coupling ceremony but has not returned to the villa since (Brad McClelland and Lucinda Stafford pictured)

No show: Laura featured on episode one for the initial coupling ceremony but has not returned to the villa since (Brad McClelland and Lucinda Stafford pictured)

Laura took one the role of Love Island host for the first winter series of the show, which began in January 2020, weeks after former host Caroline Flack was charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton at her London home.  

Former MTV host Laura, whose husband Iain narrates Love Island, admitted she was reluctant to take the job, telling Cosmopolitan UK: ‘I love doing live TV. 

‘I’d worked with most of the crew doing I’m A Celebrity… and MTV, so it just felt very comfortable. The show was the easiest thing.

Where is she? The presenter's absence did not go unnoticed by fans, with one joking that she must have been 'furloughed', while another penned they 'totally forgot' she was the host

Where is she? The presenter’s absence did not go unnoticed by fans, with one joking that she must have been ‘furloughed’, while another penned they ‘totally forgot’ she was the host

‘It was everything around it that I couldn’t cope with. When I got the call I was like, “I need to talk to Iain, I need to talk to Caroline..”. It’s a weird one because you think you should just jump at it. 

‘Obviously you’re delighted that ITV trust you to do such a big show, but a friend of yours is also going through hell… Caroline had messaged me first to say, “I hope you get it”, which was really nice.

‘You’re like, “Oh yay, I get to do this but, no, this isn’t how I want to get to do it. It was a really weird way to get a job.’

In February 2020 Caroline died by suicide and Laura stayed on as permanent host of the ITV2 series. 

Tragic loss: Love Island was hosted by Caroline Flack but she stepped down after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend in January 2020. She took her life the following month

Tragic loss: Love Island was hosted by Caroline Flack but she stepped down after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend in January 2020. She took her life the following month

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