It was announced yesterday that Love Island host Caroline Flack has been arrested and charged with assault. The presenter is set to appear in court on Monday 23rd December, posing uncertainty as to whether she will be able to host Winter Love Island which is due to start in the coming weeks.
Following the incident, a Met Police spokesperson told Cosmopolitan UK, "Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on 13 December with assault by beating.
"This follows an incident at approximately 05:25hrs on Thursday, 12 December after reports of a man being assaulted. He was not seriously injured." The man is thought to be Caroline's boyfriend, Lewis.
With Caroline due to fly to South Africa to begin filming for Winter Love Island just a week after her court date on 23 December, there is speculation as to whether she will be able to host the show, depending on the outcome of the case.
Love Island's spin-off show Aftersun, which is filmed in London, may also be affected if court proceedings continue.
With so much uncertainty about whether Caroline will be able to host the show, fans are speculating over who could replace her at such short notice. Many are pointing towards Radio One DJ and presenter Maya Jama, with one fan tweeting, "@MayaJama it's your time girl" in response to the news of Caroline's charge.
Another added, "there’s only one woman who can replace Caroline Flack on Love Island, am I right ladies," along with a video of Maya.
Other TV presenters recommended by fans on Twitter to host the new Love Island include Gemma Collins, Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack, as well as Ant and Dec and this summer's Love Island winner, Amber Gill.
We don't know yet whether Caroline will have to step down from hosting Love Island, but if that's the case, her successor will have to fill in at extremely short notice.
Caroline's spokesman previously told Cosmopolitan UK: "We confirm that police attended Caroline’s home following a private domestic incident. She is co-operating with the appropriate people to resolve matters. We will not be making any further comment for legal reasons."
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