Maya Jama has been announced as the new host of ITV2's hit show Love Island, but who is Maya Jama and how did fans correctly guess that she would be jetting off to the iconic Majorcan villa next year?
Laura Whitmore shocked Love Island fans in August 2022 when she announced she would not return to host the popular ITV2 show (opens in new tab) the following year - leaving many asking why did Laura Whitmore quit Love Island? (opens in new tab) When announcing Laura's departure from the show ITV said that a new host will be announced in due course and thanked Laura for her work. They said: "Laura has been a fantastic host across the last three series of the show. We are so grateful for everything she has brought to the programme but understand and respect her decision, and we look forward to working with her on upcoming ITV projects."
But the fans could not wait and speculation as to who Laura's replacement would be became a hot topic. Popular names including former Love Islander Maura Higgins and the show's 2022 winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu have been thrown around on social media, but one name that stuck out, and has since been confirmed by the ITV show, is Maya Jama.
Who is Maya Jama?
Maya Jama is one of the biggest TV and radio presenters in the UK. The 28-year-old has worked her way up through the media industry to become one of the most in-demand presenters - and for good reason!
Maya made a name for herself in 2014 while working on her show #DriveWithMaya, which broadcast in prime time slot for London-based radio station Rinse FM. She began remained a part of the team until 2017.
While working on the radio, Maya's TV career also took off. In 2014, she hosted MTV's The Wrap Up and, by 2017, she had worked with the Brit Awards, hosting their red carpet coverage as well as their pre-Brit Awards parties.
By November of the same year, she became the youngest person ever to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5.
Since then, Maya's career has continued to blossom with the star gaining presenting credits for shows like Walk The Line, Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star and Soccer Aid.
The jump to ITV2's Love Island will not be too much of a challenge for the seasoned presenter. Her previous gig hosting MTV's True Love or True Lies, which saw six couples go head to head to prove whose relationship is best, could have set her up nicely for taking on the iconic Majorcan villa.
Is Maya Jama the new Love Island host?
Yes, Maya has taken the role of Love Island host as the show announced the news after show's bosses finalised her contract. She was linked with the job before it was officially announced as The Sun, reported Maya is set to be heading out to South Africa to film the winter version of the show, which was confirmed to be returning for a second season (opens in new tab) earlier this year and will air in January 2023.
At the time a source told The Sun, "Maya was ITV’s dream option. She is fun, beautiful and a brilliant presenter. She was discussed as a possible replacement for Caroline two years ago - but now the time is right...
"They’re just in the process of finalising the last few details — but barring any huge surprises she will be announced formally very soon. They are just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s."
While final preparations are being made for Winter Love Island, it is also thought that Maya will host the show’s summer edition from Majorca.
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Maya and ITV has confirmed the news publicly after number of publications reached out to her and her agencies for comment and they addressed the rumours in their announcement.
"Okay, the rumours are true 😉 Say hey to your brand-new #LoveIsland host @mayajama! 💘"
Now with official confirmation, Maya will be hosting the show. Certainly a great choice with all of her previous experience and her on-screen personality will suit the show's tone perfectly.
Fans agree, with many taking to social media to congratulate Maya as the next host. One user wrote shortly after the announcement, "Love her in glow up! Going to love her in love island 🏼😍😍😍"
Another fan put, "Yessssssssss so deserved as well, so pleased for u maya ❤️❤️❤️❤️"
And a third fan shared the news with her boyfriend and asked, "let me guess, you’ll watch love island with me now then? 🤔"