Laura Whitmore has said Caroline Flack has been "incredibly gracious and supportive" as she gears up to replace her as the host of Love Island.

The Irish TV star was revealed as the new presenter of the first winter edition of the show in December following Flack's departure after being charged with assault.

Whitmore has now opened up about Flack, telling The Sun newspaper: "I know she's got a strong network of people around her who are supporting her throughout all of this.

"She has been incredibly gracious and supportive of me taking on the role for the winter series."

The former MTV presenter added: "She’s a brilliant host and I just hope that I can give the role the justice it deserves while she is taking some time off."

Whitmore, who has been in a relationship with Love Island narrator Iain Stirling since 2017, said that she consulted him before agreeing to take the job.

She said: "When I initially got the call, I had a conversation with Iain. It's his show. I said, 'How would you feel about it?' 

"We both agreed straight away."

The couple is now set to co-host the show's weekly Aftersun chat show.

Whitmore has been rumoured to host the summer series too, but she said she is just trying to "get through" the next six weeks of the winter show.

She said: "I haven't thought about it in a wider context, other than let’s enjoy the show.

"It’s cold and dark and miserable outside and it’s a perfect time in the schedule to have a show like this."

The first winter series of Love Island will kick off on Sunday January 12

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