Laura Whitmore calls out ex Islander who said she only got her job through husband Iain Stirling

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Love Island might not be back on screens for a few months, but the drama surrounding the show just kicked off early, with host Laura Whitmore finding herself at the centre of it.

It all started with 2021 contestant Rachel Finni accused Laura – who took over as the front of Love Island in 2020 after the tragic passing of Caroline Flack – of landing the presenting job through nepotism, referencing that she's married to the series' long-time narrator, Iain Stirling. "I'm kind of gutted Laura Whitmore is hosting it," she said in a YouTube appearance. "The benefits you get from being married to the narrator, because she’s not a great host."

But Laura didn't agree, later taking to her Instagram account to call out the claim. "I'm not going to give too much energy to it because there’s always stuff like this and you kind of brush it off, but I think we need to be careful when we discuss women and their work," she told her 1.5 million followers. "I've worked in telly for 14 years, I won a competition to be the face of MTV and I stayed working from job to job."

Photo credit: Laura Whitmore - Instagram
Photo credit: Laura Whitmore - Instagram

She went on, "I’ve done incredible things all over the world, worked with the best teams. But, I’ve never got a job because of a guy that I’ve dated."

Taking the opportunity to not only criticise Rachel's comments, but also the way society treats successful women, Laura added: "It's horrible when you see it coming from other women because for so many years women have been talked about [because of] who they're going out with, they're only going defined by who they're going out with, despite all the work and all the build up they've done leading up to that and that they're their own individual person with their own experience."

Well said, Laura! 👏

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