Laura Whitmore has opened up about the "whirlwind" of taking over Love Island hosting duties from Caroline Flack, revealing that Flack told her she was her first choice to step in as the replacement.

The Bray native also revealed she had to get the ok from "mammy Whitmore" to postpone a trip home to Ireland for her mother's birthday in order to secure the coveted TV gig.

The former MTV host is fronting the first ever winter series of the dating series after Flack stood down following an assault charge.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning on Thursday, which was broadcast live from the Love Island villa in Cape Town, Whitmore said: "It was a little bit of a whirlwind. When Caroline stepped down she actually sent me a text message saying: 'I really hope that you get to do this series.'

"But then there's the speculation in the papers and I don't really know anything, I know as much as everyone else knows."

Laura Whitmore said Caroline Flack texted her to say she wanted her to take the reins at Love Island

The 33-year-old Irish TV star, went on to explain that she had to postpone flying home for her mother's birthday to meet with show bosses at the last minute.

She said: "It was just before Christmas and I was flying back to Ireland because it was my mum's birthday, and I was at the airport and I got a phone call from my agent saying: 'The producers from ITV would like to meet with you in a few hours'.

"I thought, oh, I'm at the airport and it's my mum's birthday so I can't make that meeting. Then I thought, hold on a second, I will ring up mammy Whitmore, which I did.

"I said: 'How would you feel if I came tomorrow instead of today?' And she said that was okay, thankfully, and that is why I am here now.

"I had to get a cab back from the airport, back to my house and then go for the meeting. It was quite quick.

"It had only really been two or three weeks then it was Christmas so it's all been a bit of a whirlwind."

Whitmore added: "But I am a massive fan of the show. When I came to the villa for the first time yesterday, I have been running around in the bedrooms and all the little hideaways.

"I just need to remember that I have to host and not just be a fan."

The presenter, who is dating Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, refuted reports that the couple will co-host Aftersun together, explaining that Stirling will need to stay in South Africa to record the voiceover while she will fly back to London to film the spin-off show.

She joked: "I said I will take one for the team and host Aftersun."

When asked by host Holly Willoughby if she has gotten to spend much time with Stirling, she said: "So far, I have not seem him. So if anyone has seen Iain I'd like to know where he is!"

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

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