ITV has now confirmed that the "door is still open" for Caroline Flack to return in the future following the news of her arrest that saw her in court just before Christmas. The Love Island host announced she would be stepping down last year in an Instagram post, but as she awaits trial for the assault against Lewis Burton, ITV bosses have confirmed that they are still in talks with Caroline, hinting at a return in the future.
The first ever winter series of Love Island begins on ITV this Sunday (January 12) at 9pm in the new location of Cape Town in South Africa.
The show will span over six weeks, two weeks less than the usual summer version with the same quirky narrator Iain Stirling.
Contestants have now been revealed and there are a few claims to fame - Paige Turley is singer Lewis Capaldi’s ex, and Sophie Piper is The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes sister.
However, just before Christmas, host Caroline Flack was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend after she allegedly attacked him in his sleep, leaving viewers questioning if she would still take part in the show.
Love Island host Laura Whitmore shares handy tips for winter islandersLove Island 2020: ITV confirms ‘door still open’ for Caroline Flack after attack arrest (Image: ITV)Love Island 2020: ITV confirms ‘door still open’ for Caroline Flack after attack arrest (Image: ITV)
Caroline has denied assaulting Lewis Burton, 27 at her North London home on December 12 and is currently awaiting trial.
The host was quick to stand down from her role on Love Island in a post on Instagram, she said: "Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly.
“In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for series six.”
ITV were quick to announce that Laura Whitmore would be taking Caroline’s place, but it has now become apparent that this isn’t the end of Caroline’s Love Island journey.Love Island 2020: ITV confirms ‘door still open’ for Caroline Flack after attack arrest (Image: ITV)Love Island 2020: ITV confirms ‘door still open’ for Caroline Flack after attack arrest (Image: GETTY)
Bosses are said to remain in ‘constant contact’ with the presenter as she awaits trial.
They said: “We are continuing to talk to Caroline. We are in constant contact and the door is open.”
Meanwhile, new host, Laura has revealed that Caroline has been "incredibly gracious" about being replaced.
She said: “I know she’s got a strong network of people around her who are supporting her throughout all of this.
“She has been incredibly gracious and supportive of me taking on the role for the winter series. She’s a brilliant host and I just hope that I can give the role the justice it deserves while she is taking some time off.”
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The first episode will see seven girls and five boys enter the villa in the hopes of finding their perfect match.
The girls are Paige Turley, Shaughna Phillips, Eve and Jess Gale, Siannise Fudge, Leanne Amaning and Sophie Piper.
At the moment, it's anyone’s guess which pairing will make it to the end of the competition.
However, the fact that two of the girls have famous ties have left them in prime position for the top spot.
Both Paige and Sophie are head and shoulders above the rest as early frontrunners with bookmakers to find their Mr Right in the villa.
The pair have kept no secret about their connections to showbiz before jetting off to South Africa.
When asked about her claim to fame, Paige said: “Lewis Capaldi is my ex-boyfriend."
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Amy from Paddy Power said: “Paige and Sophie both have tenuous famous links, which has made them the frontrunners to be the show’s winning lady with the bookies and the punters.
“It’s a pretty big thing to be able to say your ex is Lewis Capaldi – an easy talking point, and one which we’re sure ITV producers will be keen to make the most of.”
Love Island 2020 kicks off on ITV this Sunday at 9pm.