Maya Jama on accepting the Love Island hosting role: It was easy

Maya Jama said that agreeing to host Love Island was “a no-brainer”, having been a big fan of the show over the years.

The TV and radio host, 28, took over the role from 37-year-old Laura Whitmore, who announced in August that she was stepping down.

Jama’s first outing as host will come later this month when the reality series returns for its first winter series set in South Africa since before the coronavirus pandemic.

She will also present a regular summer edition in Mallorca later this year.

Reflecting on her reaction to being offered the job, she told ITV’s This Morning on Friday:

“I was like, ‘OK, when does it start?’ And now we are leaving for South Africa. ”

Jama has revealed that he will be flying out tomorrow to prepare ahead of the show’s start on January 16th.

“Years ago, it was a massive countdown like, ‘Not this month,’ ‘Not next month, not next month,’ but now it’s a day away! “I’m really excited,” she said.

However, she admitted that not all her outfits were perfectly organized yet, and her entrance look was what she found most challenging.

she said:

“[The costume]has to look good in the wind and move in it. It should be sassy, ​​but not too sassy.”

As for the rest of the preparation, Jama said she doesn’t want to do too much research because she feels she has to “be herself” in the role.

“Ask what you want to know. But as a fan of the show, I feel like I’m trying to approach it like I’ve been screaming on TV for years!”

Former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall, 55, recently called out the middle-aged Love Island that Jama encouraged.

She said: “I think all ages, put them all in, get Nan and Grandpa… maybe next time!”

New to the series are Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson and last year’s show finalist Indyah Pollak, who was a regular panelist for Love Island’s Aftersun program.

Jama said he feels they bring “new opinions” and provide unique insights into the person Pollack has experienced.

For the first time, the series’ contestants will be required to disable their social media accounts while on the show to protect both themselves and their families from online abuse.

Contestants will also receive “guidance and training” on “mutually respectful behavior in relationships” after the final series sparked thousands of complaints to broadcast watchdog Ofcom.

Many of the complaints were unsupported but related to “alleged misogyny and bullying behavior” by some islanders.

These are in addition to other due diligence measures introduced in previous series.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10 a.m. on ITV1 and ITVX, and Love Island returns to the station on Monday, January 16.

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