Love Island 2021 star Rachel Finney has been reflecting on her time in the villa and has made it clear that she’s not a fan of Laura’s rendering skills – sparking an angry defense from Whitmore herself
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Laura Whitmore responded to former Love Island contestant Rachel Finney who outlined her presenting skills.
The 36-year-old Irish TV presenter looked shocked and appalled when 29-year-old Rachel accused her of being an below-average host and suggested that Laura only got the role on Love Island because she is married to narrator Iain Stirling, 34.
Hosted by Love Island since January 2020 – when the first and only winter edition of the show aired – Laura takes the lead from the late Caroline Flack who tragically committed suicide at the age of 40 one month later.
Rachel suggested that other TV presenters were overlooked in favor of Laura replacing Caroline as she discusses her time on Love Island on Murat Mirali’s YouTube channel.
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Rebecca told the host, “I was frustrated that Laura Whitmore is hosting it though, so I thought we’d get Maya Gama or A.J. Udodo.”
Then she said sarcastically: “The benefits you get from marrying the narrator, because she is not a great hostess.”
Rachel’s comments clearly sparked outrage when Laura then released a rambling statement via Instagram Stories where she answered questions from fans and inevitably raised the topic of Love Island.
The moderate TV star defended herself, saying, “I’m not going to give too much energy because there are always things like this and you kind of ignore it but I think we need to be careful when discussing women and their work.
I have worked in telly for 14 years. I won a contest to be the face of MTV and kept working from job to job.
“I’ve done incredible things all over the world, I’ve worked with the best teams, but I didn’t get a job because of a guy I dated.”
She continued, “It’s horrible to see if you are coming from other women because for so many years women have been talking about who they go out with.
“They are only defined by who they go out with, despite all the work and construction that has led to it and they are their own individual person, with their own experience.”
She added, “It’s a shame because I think we won’t really have the full power and empowerment as a gender if we just keep doing that.”
However, YouTuber Murad also had little respect for Laura and said her appointment as presenter of the show reeked of favoritism.
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While Love Island fans have been divided over Laura’s hosting skills since she took control of the show back in January 2020 – some have complained that she doesn’t appear on the show enough, while some critics have called her hosting skills “bullshit.”
Fans won’t have long to see Laura back in action in the sun, as Love Island is set to return on Monday, June 6 on ITV2.
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