Caroline Flack has stepped down as the host of the upcoming winter edition of Love Island amid her arrest and charge for assault.
The news comes days after the British TV presenter was arrested and charged with assault after an incident involving her boyfriend. Flack is expected to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on December 23.
“Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order not to detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for series six. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town,” she wrote on Instagram.
Flack has hosted all five series of the show on ITV and was set to present the upcoming winter edition that is set in South Africa. In a separate post to her Instagram story, she mentioned some of the media reports are not true and thanked her fans for the support.
ITV released a statement saying they support her decision and will remain in contact with Caroline about the summer edition of the show.
“ITV has a long-standing relationship with Caroline and we understand and accept her decision,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “We will remain in contact with her over the coming months about the future series of Love Island.”
While no replacement has been named, former Love Island contestant Maura Higgins and Laura Whitmore are rumoured to be in the running to replace Flack as host.
Love Island returns to ITV on January 8 at 9 pm.