Abbie Chatfield is announced as host of Love Island Australia interview show Afterparty – as she jumps ship from Channel Ten to Nine
The Bachelor’s Abbie Chatfield is making her reality TV return this year as the host of Love Island Australia’s Afterparty.
As part of her new role, the 26-year-old will dissect the latest drama, romance and heartbreak from the Love Island villa, as well as host exclusive interviews with dumped islanders.
‘I’m a big reality TV fan, a big Love Island fan. And I think Channel Nine love me!’ the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner told 9Entertainment on Sunday.
It’s official! The Bachelor’s Abbie Chatfield, 26, (pictured) has been announced as the host of Love Island Australia interview show Afterparty
‘I’m looking forward to offering a different perspective than I guess other potential hosts could have,’ the former Bachelor ‘villain’ explained.
‘I may have a bit more empathy for people that are maybe not as liked by the public, but I can also have some insight into how these things tend to work,’ she added.
Love Island Australia season three will return to Channel Nine later this year, after production was waylaid due to Covid-19.
‘I’m looking forward to offering a different perspective’: As part of her new role, the 26-year-old will dissect the latest drama, romance and heartbreak from the Love Island villa, as well as host exclusive interviews with dumped islanders
Last weekend, reports emerged that filming in Northern NSW had been halted due to a breach of Council regulations.
At the time, TV Tonight reported that construction of Love Island’s famous villa was shut down, after producers failed to submit a Covid safety plan to the local council.
The production, which is taking place at a small town called Federal, west of Byron Bay, also failed to submit details of cast and crew’s travel plans, the report claims.
Another spanner in the works: It comes after the reality show hit a snag last week after construction of the show’s new villa was halted due to a breach of Covid rules. Pictured: Love Island Australia host Sophie Monk
‘The production had gone ahead with some early works. As soon as we were advised that the works were actually non-compliant, we stopped. ITV has apologised to Council and is taking steps to rectify the mistake,’ An ITV Studios spokesperson told TV Tonight.
ITV assured the publication that a ‘comprehensive CovidSAFE plan’ has now been enacted on-set.
‘In addition to the mandatory government requirements, we have implemented additional Covid protocols,’ the company said in an official statement.
Halted: TV Tonight reported last weekend that construction of Love Island’s famous villa was shut down, after producers failed to submit a Covid safety plan to the local council. Pictured: Love Island Australia season 1 cast
‘These include a rigorous Covid testing regime for all cast and crew and we have engaged an extensive safety team including Covid marshalls.’
It is believed production will recommence soon.
It came after the reality dating program was forced to shift production from the Sunshine State’s Port Douglas to Northern NSW last month.
‘As a result of the current COVID-19 situation and fluctuating border restrictions, we have decided to move the filming location of the upcoming third season of Love Island Australia to Federal, northern NSW,’ ITV Studios Australia CEO & Managing Director, David Mott told Nine.com.au.
‘This decision has been made with the best interests and safety of all cast and crew involved. We have found a brilliant location and can’t wait to get started.
Change of plans: It comes after the reality dating program was forced to shift production from the Sunshine State’s Port Douglas to Northern NSW last month