Laura Whitmore is set to continue presenting her BBC 5 Live Sunday show despite being named as the new Love Island host, Mirror Online can reveal.

The telly host, 34, has this morning been confirmed as the host of Winter Love Island starting next month - a role she took over from Caroline Flack following her arrest.

But those who thought Laura may already have a lot on her plate as the host of the dating show may be surprised to hear that the Irish presenter is set to continue her 5 Live Sunday show despite being in South Africa.

The telly host, 34, has been confirmed as the host of Winter Love Island starting next month

The BBC confirmed the news, telling Mirror Online: "Laura will continue to present her radio show on BBC Radio 5 Live every Sunday from 10 to 11.30am during Love Island, with only the occasional change to accommodate her new role."

Laura is set to join her boyfriend Iain Stirling, who returns as Love Island's hilarious narrator, in South Africa's Cape Town where a new batch of hot, sexy singletons will be cracking on and mugging off to their heart's content.

But she will have to do some juggling between presenting the debut winter series of the show and continuing her weekly 5 Live tune-in.

Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling to co-host Love Island Aftersun after Caroline Flack arrest
Laura Whitmore is set to join her boyfriend Iain Stirling, who returns as Love Island's hilarious narrator

In a statement, ITV said: "ITV2 today announces that Laura Whitmore will host season 6 of Love Island. The show will launch on the channel on 12 January 2020.

"Laura will present the main show which airs nightly at 9pm on ITV2 as regular presenter Caroline Flack stands down for this series. Laura will also host Love Island: Aftersun, which will air on ITV2 live from London on Monday nights at 10pm.

"The first series of the year comes from a brand new location and villa in Cape Town where a host of new Islanders will try to win the hearts of each other - and the nation - in the ultimate search for love."

The news comes after ITV pulled Caroline's Love Island advert in the wake of her arrest for an alleged assault

Laura added: "To say I'm excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement.

"I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend.

"We've spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I've watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice."

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She went on: "Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I've never been to a Love Island villa, and I can't wait to get in there to meet all the new Islanders looking for love.

"The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance!"

The highly anticipated announcement comes after ITV pulled Caroline's Love Island advert in the wake of her arrest for an alleged assault against boyfriend Lewis Burton.

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