‘Your new host is in shape and ready!’ Love Island’s Maya Jama shows off her incredible physique after hitting the gym as she prepares to replace Laura Whitmore ahead of winter series
She was announced as the new host of Love Island – replacing Laura Whitmore – In October.
And Maya Jama took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal she was ‘in shape and ready’ as she hit the gym ahead of the new season.
The broadcaster, 28, looked amazing in a black Adidas bralette and matching leggings as she posed alongside her personal trainer Woz.
Muscles: Maya Jama, 28, took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal she was ‘in shape and ready’ as she hit the gym ahead of the new season of Love Island
She showed off her incredibly toned legs in the skin-tight bottoms which she teamed with a grey jacket.
Maya appeared to go make-up free for the work-out and beamed with her bicep flexed.
Reposting the snap shared by Woz it read: ‘ I GOT A MESSAGE!’.
‘@Loveisland your new host is in shape & ready’.
Hot stuff: Maya was confirmed as the new Love Island host and will front two series which will be filmed in South Africa, from early 2023
Maya was confirmed as the new Love Island host and will front two series which will be filmed in South Africa, from early 2023.
Maya said in a statement: ‘I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders.’
Laura announced in August this year that she was quitting the show and would not be returning to host the next series of the ITV2 dating show.
The Irish presenter, 37, joined back in 2020 and has hosted the hugely popular reality programme and its spin-off Aftersun for three series.
Laura – who is mother to a 16-month-old daughter with Love Island voiceover star Iain Sterling – took to her Instagram at the time to confirm she would be leaving, saying she has found flying back and forth from the villa ‘very difficult’.
The broadcaster’s stint on the ITV2 dating show received mixed reviews this season; some viewers praised her handling of sensitive topics, while others criticised her for ‘encouraging slut-shaming’ in a segment which sparked 427 Ofcom complaints.
Laura replaced Caroline Flack as the presenter of Love Island when she stood down in December 2019. Caroline tragically took her own life aged 40 in February 2020.
In her statement, Laura said she was only planning to fill in for Caroline for one series, emotionally saying that she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’.
Perfect replacement: Maya said in a statement: ‘I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders’
Taking to Instagram, Laura said: ‘Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love island.
‘There are certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult that cannot be changed some due to the format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects.
‘I wish it was still possible but know you’ll be in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a series and it turned into 3 series. I hope I did you proud Caroline.’
Speaking of Laura’s exit, an ITV spokesperson said at the time: ‘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.’
Maya has presenting experience on shows such as Walk the Line and Soccer Aid.
Farewell: Laura Whitmore (pictured) announced in August this year that she was quitting Love Island and will not be returning to host the next series of the ITV2 dating show