Love Island favourite and Longford woman Maura Higgins is set to join Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show when it returns in September.

The 28-year-old former grid girl and model made it to the final of the popular reality show with professional dancer Curtis Pritchard.

Higgins was forced to apologise to fans over the weekend after she cancelled a PA appearance in Birmingham.

Maura and Curtis came in fourth place on Love Island

Taking to her Instagram on Monday afternoon, Higgins admitted she needed some down time after her "hectic" post-Love Island schedule.

"I wanted to come on and say to everyone who was coming to see me at my PA, I'm so sorry I didn't make it," she said.

"To be honest, I'm completely burnt out - I've not had a day off since leaving the villa and I've not had any social time or anything, so I need to take a few days off and just kind of sort my head out."

She continued: "I'm completely ran down, I have been in with a doctor and I'm feeling good cos last night I had a really, really good sleep, and I haven't really got a lot of sleep since leaving the villa.

"I do feel bad that I've had to cancel some work for the next couple of days, but I need to do it for me because I am shattered. I've not had time for just - you know normal day-to-day stuff, like go to dinner or go to the cinema, I've not had that.

"And I need to because it's good for the head to just get out and do normal things. It's a shock to the system when you come out of the villa and you're just so hectic. I've not had a down day.

"So yeah, just wanted to come on and say that. Hope everyone has a lovely Monday and I'll speak to you soon."

Singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor and actress Aisling Bea will also be in studio for the first episode of the eagerly-awaited upcoming series.

Turidy recently told RTÉ Entertainment that there will be some tweaks to the show and teased that he may be getting a new hosting chair.

"We're kind of tweaking and we’re looking at the show and little elements of it to spruce it up a little bit. I think it could do with that little touch of love."

Tubridy testing out a possible new chair for The Late Late Show

"The only difference you are going to see on the set if there is anything major is, which to me is major, is the chair."

The Late Late Show is back on RTÉ One on Friday, September 6.

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